AmaZulu striker Dlamini: We must fight for the badge following Rosslee sacking
Posted: 17 October 2014 Time: 07:18
AmaZulu striker Ayanda Dlamini says the sacking of head coach Craig Rosslee will not have a negative effect on the club’s progress.
Usuthu released a statement on Wednesday afternoon confirming that the club had parted ways with the Cape-born coach, with his former assistant Wilfred Mugeyi taking over in a caretaker coach role.
Dlamini says they were disappointed to see Rosslee go but he says they have to focus on helping the team move up from the bottom of the Absa Premiership table.
“We didn’t start as well as we did last season and as players we are disappointed with the results that we’ve achieved in the league,” Dlamini says.
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“At the end of the day management felt it was necessary to make changes in the coaching department but as players we do take some responsibility as well because we’re a part of the team.
“We created chances and didn’t finish them and we also conceded some soft goals and those are the things we are still working hard to correct.
“That said, we can’t keep looking back. Coach Wilfred is here and as players we have to continue giving everything when we go out there on the pitch. We have to fight for this badge and for this jersey.”
Dlamini believes that adjusting to Mugeyi's methods should be relatively easy given that he has been at the club since April last year.
“The positive part is that there will be some continuity since we’ve worked with the coach for a long time as well. He knows all the players and it’s not like starting from scratch with a new coach.
“He will have his own approach but most of the things will stay the same. You can see the changes that he made when we were trailing against Bloemfontein Celtic [in the Telkom Knockout] and those changes really made a difference and we were able to come back and win the game.
“We hope to see more of that going forward; the fighting spirit from the players and the coach trying different things to help us get the better of our opponents.”
AmaZulu will be in search of their first league win of the season when they take on Chippa United at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday evening at 18h00.