Cavin appeals to Usuthu warrior spirit
Posted: 21 October 2018 Time: 11:00
AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson says his men must fight their way out of the relegation zone like warriors.
Usuthu find themselves at the bottom of the table after recently being docked six points for failing to comply with a CAS-approved ruling from FIFA in connection with a long-running contract dispute between the club and their former player Phinheas Nambandi.
AmaZulu, who have indicated the Nambandi saga is not over, are currently on a five-match winless streak, having drawn their previous two league games at home with Maritzburg United and Orlando Pirates.
The Durban-based outfit next host Cape Town City in the Telkom Knockout last-16 at King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday (19h00), with Johnson expecting a response from his charges in Umlazi.
"All I've done is to get them together, to do what we do better and that is to play football," said Johnson, whose side visited Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu during the FIFA break in KwaNongoma.
"We have to work a little bit harder, which is not only about football. But work a little harder on your concentration, work a little harder on your mentality, work a little harder on who you are outside of football. All those things come together and if you put a little more effort in it gets stronger and stronger.
"We go to war when we are playing against other teams in the Telkom Knockout and the league, we are going to war. Everybody comes, everybody comes in the changing room, everybody goes out in the changing room.
"We cannot be loose in any way, we have to be together. It is one game at a time, but together.
"I use the word 'war' because this is the only team ... in Africa ... that is named after the warrior ... AmaZulu. This is the only team that can be called AmaZulu in the world. You cannot take this name and go and play in America and call it AmaZulu. You can't.
"You can't take this team and name AmaZulu to Ghana, you can't. But any other team in the PSL, you can take that name and go and make it somewhere else. This is the only team because this team ... has got the nation's name. If you understand what I'm saying.
"And that is what it is all about. If you look at the history and the culture of the AmaZulu people or the Zulu people, and this is what they have to do. We have to stick together now. It is why I'm so passionate about my supporters coming to King Zwelithini Stadium and pushing my team.
"It is what they (fans) are supposed to do to push my team at King Zwelithini, and if they push my team surely we'll win the war."
Meanwhile, veteran striker Mbhudi Khenyeza missed the friendly 2-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Prince Mangosuthu Legacy Cup last weekend due to a family bereavement.