An AmaZulu conflict?

2014-08-06 00:00

THERE appear to be differing views of what the AmaZulu board of directors and coach Craig Rosslee consider achievable as the 2014/15 PSL season nears.

This was the tone of the Durban club’s first press conference of the season at Moses Mabhida Stadium yesterday where new signings were unveiled and targets for the upcoming season outlined.

“The board of directors has set a target of a top-four finish as well as a cup victory,” Usuthu’s commercial manager Lunga Sokhela told media confidently.

But Rosslee had his own views and steered clear of openly accepting the challenge.

“It’s good to dream,” the coach said when pressed on the club’s ambitious targets. “If we put in a good shift and get off to a good start, then anything is achievable.

“The cups are all about luck of the draw. We do have the team to be successful,” he added before saying there was still “a long way to go” before he had his team where he wanted them to be. However, Sokhela hit back.

“Finishing fourth is certainly not a pipe dream,” he said. “It is a target we have set and one we must all support.”

Usuthu finished the 2013/14 campaign in ninth place, missing out on a top-eight finish on goal difference. Since then, it has released 10 players and recruited another nine — making for a new-look team. Yesterday, the latest signing was unveiled in the form of former Maritzburg United centre back Robyn Johannes.

Johannes was released by United coach Steve Komphela before the end of last season and Rosslee has given the 28-year-old a life-line.

Johannes joins Bornwell Mwape, Mfanafuthi Dlamini, Siya Mngoma, Tapelo Nyongo, Philani Shange, Sadat Ouro-Akoriko, Paul Were and Darren Smith as the club’s newest recruits.

According to Rosslee, the side has had a decent pre-season build-up.

“I think we are a bit short of game time and I would have liked us to play in a few more friendlies,” he said.

“But it has been fantastic in terms of the conditioning of the players and the shape they are now in.”

Rosslee’s charges open their account at home to Ajax Cape Town on Sunday and, like many teams in the PSL currently, the availability of their foreign players is uncertain.

“To be honest, we don’t actually know who will not be available,” said the coach. “We hope we are in a situation where we have a full group to choose from, but there are visa issues.”

Rosslee added he was still in search of a winger to add to his ranks.

“This team are pretty much finalised now, though, unless something really catches our eye,” he said.

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