AmaZulu confirm arrival of quartet Josephs, Vilakazi, Van Heerden and Tade
Posted: 4 July 2018 Time: 09:04
AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson has confirmed the arrival of four new signings as the club enters the business end of their pre-season preparations.
Usuthu are two weeks into their training regime following a lengthy off-season break, as they look to further cement their place in the topflight after their return last season.
Johnson is for the first time overseeing the KwaZulu-Natal outfit's pre-season, having joined in August last year after the club sacked Joey Antipas.
Meanwhile, as earlier reported by KickOff.com, the club have welcomed Argentine forward Emiliano Tade and former Free State Stars midfielder Nhlanhla Vilakazi, as well as goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs and left-back Marc van Heerden ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
“We have to welcome back the players after six weeks of being off. We also have to welcome our new signings, who have been brought in for the new season,” Johnson told his club's website.
“Nhlanhla Vilakazi, Marc van Heerden, Moeneeb Josephs and Emiliano Tade – respect to them because they are looking fine.
“Overall, the last two weeks have been very good. It has been an eye-opening experience for some of us who were not part of last year’s pre-season preparations."
The former Platinum Stars and SuperSport United mentor has also provided some insight into the areas of improvement to further aid the club's solid return to the topflight, in which they ended eighth on the log.
“Our pre-season training is always about football. Now that the players are playing football, they are looking very happy,” he revealed.
“We are also doing things differently within our football structure. For example, we have upped the way we analyse games, our players and ourselves as a team.
“Furthermore, we are identifying the conditioning of the players both mentally and physically. We are doing more in all those areas.
“What we are introducing now to the club is a step towards the brand we are trying to build for the 2018/19 season. We want to start the new term well like we did last season. So, everything is going according to plan so far."
With the protracted matter between Ajax Cape Town and the Premier Soccer League having taken a twist following the South Gauteng High Court's most recent ruling, it is yet to be confirmed whether AmaZulu will indeed contest to MTN8.