New era dawns for AmaZulu

2014-10-17 00:00

LIFE after Craig Rosslee begins tomorrow evening for winless AmaZulu when they take on Chippa United in a PSL clash at Princess Magogo Stadium.

The Durban club officially parted ways with Rosslee on Wednesday afternoon — and this is the dawn of a new era. That should be sufficient reason for optimism given the preceding era was nothing short of disastrous. Under Rosslee this season, AmaZulu remain the only PSL side without a league victory after seven rounds of fixtures — a statistic they will look to rectify tomorrow.

The board has placed their trust — for now anyway — in Rosslee’s former assistant Wilfred Mugeyi. AmaZulu’s only win this season was a 3-2 extra-time triumph over Bloemfontein Celtic in the Telkom Knockout two weekends ago — and that came under Mugeyi’s mentorship after the club had temporarily relived Rosslee of his duties without yet deciding the former coach’s future.

However, as from now, Mugeyi is completely in charge and he is the man tasked with resurrecting what has been a dismal season so far.

“I have to thank the management for having faith in me and giving me the opportunity to coach AmaZulu,” Mugeyi told Durban media yesterday.

“I wasn’t given a mandate, I gave myself a mandate. We need to move the team away from the danger zone starting this weekend.”

Mugeyi has been given the title of caretaker coach, but makes no attempt to hide the fact he will use this as an opportunity to convince the board he is the man to take the team forward on a permanent basis.

“I’ve been an assistant for the past nine or 10 years, so I think this is a very good opportunity for me to show I can coach the team and I will grab it with two hands,” he said.

“It’s all about hard work and we have got the quality players to achieve the results.”

Focusing on how his approach would differ from Rosslee’s, Mugeyi was again an open book.

“Our philosophy is more or less the same, but I think I will change one or two things,” he said. “It brings about a bit of continuity. A brand new coach would have come a whole new philosophy.”

Turning his attention to Chippa, Mugeyi was ready for a battle.

“This is a ‘must win’ game for us. Our next game is a trip to Free State Stars so we need to build the momentum,” he said.

Usuthu have a few injury concerns with Marc van Heerden and Robyn Johannes out, while captain Carlington Nyadombo is suspended. It suggests Usuthu will have to field an unfamiliar back four at the most inopportune time, but Mugeyi sees the positives.

“It is a big problem,” he said of the unavailability of three of his defenders. “But it is also an opportunity for the other defenders to show that they are not here just to earn money.”

Mugeyi also confirmed regular striker Bongani Ndulula would feature off the bench tomorrow after featuring in both of Bafana Bafana’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers home and away to Congo.

PSL fixtures:


3 pm - Moroka Swallows v Black Aces

3.30 pm - University of Pretoria v SuperSport United

6 pm - Mamelodi Sundowns v Wits, AmaZulu v Chippa United

8.15 pm - Orlando Pirates v Free State Stars, Maritzburg Utd v Platinum Stars


3.30 pm - Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs, Bloem Celtic v Polokwane City

PSL log:


Chiefs 7 7 0 0 11 2 9 21

Ajax 7 4 2 1 9 5 4 14

Wits 7 4 1 2 9 5 4 13

Sundowns 7 4 1 2 9 5 4 13

Pirates 7 3 2 2 11 6 5 11

FS Stars 7 3 1 3 10 10 0 10

Chippa 7 3 1 3 7 7 0 10

Maritzburg 7 2 3 2 7 5 2 9

SuperSport 7 3 0 4 10 9 1 9

Aces 7 2 3 2 5 6 -1 9

Swallows 7 3 0 4 9 14 -5 9

Platinum 7 2 2 3 5 8 -3 8

Tuks 7 1 3 3 4 6 -2 6

Celtic 7 1 3 3 5 8 -3 6

Polokwane 7 1 1 5 7 15 -8 4

AmaZulu 7 0 3 4 4 11 -7 3

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