Cavin Johnson on Camaldine Abraw's AmaZulu debut against Bloemfontein Celtic
Posted: 25 January 2018 Time: 11:34
AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson was encouraged by the debut of striker Camaldine Abraw in the goalless draw with Bloemfontein Celtic at King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday night.
Usuthu last week signed Abraw on a six-month deal, with an option to renew the contract at the end of the season.
The Togolese hitman was previously at Romanian side ACS Poli Timisoara where he scored twice in eight appearances prior to his departure in December.
Abraw, who left Kaizer Chiefs at the end of last season after joining them in 2015 from Free State Stars, had his moments against Celtic as he tussled with former teammate Lorenzo Gordinho and linked up with the likes of Ovidy Karuru in attack.
Johnson believes the 27-year-old showed he can do the job for the Durban-based outfit.
"We expected him to play at least 70 minutes because we had Rhulani [Manzini] on the bench who's fit," said Johnson.
"But for a guy who's been introduced to the team a week ago; he's a professional player, he's been playing in Romania for a little bit and he's not unfit.
"We were collaborating with him and the players, is he gonna fit? Is he not gonna fit and the gods of football said today you are going to play the 90 minutes and you got to learn to play for AmaZulu the hard way.
"Some of us learn quickly and some of us learn little bit longer, but today he showed that he's capable of playing for us. Is he capable of doing the runs we want him to do? Is he capable of putting a particular opposition in sixes and sevens? And he did that today. But the only thing he didn't do was putting the ball in the back of the net and maybe next game he'll do that."
Johnson was content to collect a point and clean sheet, having ended a eight-game winless run with a 2-0 victory over SuperSport United last time out.
"It was very quiet in the first half. Second half I thought we had the better part of the game, towards the end after we had the changes and things like that we had a few good chances," he added.
"I think [Patrick] Tignyemb made really, really good saves in the end [to deny Sinethemba Mnguni in quick succession]. But overall we are happy to have a clean sheet and go home with the point."
Johnson's side, in 13th place on the table, next visit Polokwane City at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday (15h30).