USUTHU UNVEIL NEW SIGNINGS
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
AmaZulu have unveiled nine players for the 2014/15 to replace 10 that have left the side at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday.
The Durban-based side announced the new blood in their colours with familiar faces in the Premier Soccer League calibre that includes Robyn Johannes and Philani Shange.
Marketing manager, Lunga Sokhela revealed that the club signed the players aiming for a spot in the top four of the upcoming campaign and winning silverware.
“Last season, we were one game away, have we won the last game we would have finished in the fifth position,” he said.
Usuthu mentioned that they are ready to compete for silverware with big guns of the Absa Premiership after a progressive season finishing one spot outside top eight teams.
Their management believes that they are asking for an achievable goal due to investments made for the club.
“Certainly what has been put on this club (investments) in the past eight years or so is enough to say its time AmaZulu starts competing for something,” Sokhela added.
The club believes that they should be improving from last year regarding the number of signings they made for the campaign.
“Fourth position is by no means achievable in my books. It is something that all of us must support,” Sokhela said.
Although the side will be without the services of their key players like Thamsanqa Teyise who joined Supersport United and Philani Zikalala who signed for Orlando Pirates but they are prepared to tackle the new season.
Their experienced Johannes said he is excited in his new home after a hectic 2013/14 season for him with Maritzburg United.
“I joined the team late in the pre-season so I am working hard to get fit,” the experienced defender said.
Johannes joins the club on a one-year deal with an option to renew his contract.
Other new signings are Bonwalo Mwape, Mfanafuthi Dlamini, Siyabonga Ngoma, Thapelo Nyongo, Sadate- Ouro Akoriko, Darren Smith and Paul Were.
Players who left the club are Thamsanqa Teyise, Njabulo Manqana, Philani Zikalala, Msekeli Mvalo, Lunga Zondi, Lucky Nguzana, Pennius Jacobs; and the club is set to loan Mfundo Nsele, Patricia Thembi and Philani Cele.