Cavin: We desperately need points
Posted: 11 November 2018 Time: 12:00
AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson is determined to guide the bottom-placed club away from the relegation zone.
Usuthu, with three points from nine games, can focus wholeheartedly on the league following their 3-1 loss to Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals last weekend.
Johnson's side next host Polokwane City at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday (15h30).
He said: "So far after losing to Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium we are now going back home to King Zwelithini Stadium. I thought against Pirates we did very well. When you look at the game 1-1 full time, and we go to extra time. Extra time is a lottery. In saying that, I thought the players have recovered well. It is more and more like they want to go and carry on the same performance that they did against Orlando Pirates (in the league last month); that they did against Mamelodi Sundowns (in September); Maritzburg United (last month) at King Zwelithini.
"We have to do that in order to make sure that we at least put some points on the table because that's what we need desperately now. And how do we win? We always believe that we will win by playing football. Because as you know, as you can see in the past games, I think probably AmaZulu has played the best brand of football in the PSL.
"We also had the best crowd for the PSL brand at King Zwelithini. It always looks full. It might not be full but it always looks full. There has always been singing. There has always been dancing. There has been a good vibe for football, and of course the football on the pitch has always been adding, adding. In saying that, we also want to remind ourselves that no matter how we win, we are going to win this weekend in order to get the three points on the table."
Johnson is mindful City are an improved outfit under their new Slovakian mentor Josef Vukusic, who was named PSL Coach of the Month for October on Wednesday. Rise and Shine midfielder Jabulani Maluleke also won the player award in midweek.
"We acknowledge that they are a very good team. They've turned the corner and they hadn't I think lost in seven games until now against Orlando Pirates," Johnson said.
"It was a difficult win for Pirates as well if you look at the way they ended the game. One-nil (Ed: 1-2), very, very difficult game right throughout the game. Polokwane were pushing them, pressing them, they were playing good football. So we have to aware of the key players in their team. 'Rama' [Rodney Ramagalela], Maluleke, they brought back the goalkeeper now George Chigova. They've got quite a few good players that are important for their team.
"But like I said before, we are playing at King Zwelithini. We want to make sure that we are as strong as we can be at King Zwelithini. How we win the game we don't know, but for sure we want to win the game on Sunday," concluded Johnson, who is without defender Thapelo Nyongo on the weekend.