No money grab for Slimkat
Posted: 16 July 2018 Time: 09:45
Moeneeb Josephs's character and passion is often on full display and if you thought the veteran goalkeeper is at AmaZulu just to wind down his career then think again.
The 38-year-old, who surprisingly left Bidvest Wits when his contract ended in June, was unveiled as an Usuthu signing during a function hosted by the club's main sponsors Spar on Friday at Phoenix depot in Durban.
The former Orlando Pirates keeper, who has won every domestic honour since making his PSL debut in 1997/98 at Cape Town Spurs, has explained how the move came about.
"I was on the verge of signing for Wits again and they offered me a new three-year deal. I spoke to my wife about it," Josephs recounts to KickOff.com.
"Everything was fine and out of nowhere my agent told me that AmaZulu have an interest in me, and asked if I was interested.
"It tickled some feelings in my head to say that, 'You know what? I want to try something new. I see that AmaZulu is an ambitious team with the signings that they have made, and what can I put into this team?'
"I thought this is a perfect opportunity for something new, and coming here I could feel as well that it's a team that wants to achieve things.
"This has been a club, if you look amongst the big clubs in South Africa, AmaZulu rate amongst the best. I don't think people have been doing it justice, the players have been doing justice to the supporters and the brand itself.
"So hopefully, I thought to myself, if I come here I can do that and bring that experience, try and bring that winning mentality to the team, and just change that mindset so that this season we can go and win things. So hopefully we can win things this year."
Josephs is determined to win regular game-time under coach Cavin Johnson at the Durban-based outfit.
"It is not my decision, that is the coach's decision," Josephs says.
"Everyone wants to play and I'm here to play ... I'm not here wanting to be sitting on the bench and just be earning money. No, that is not me.
"I want to be playing and contributing because I have to show my appreciation to the team for investing and bringing me here. So I have to repay the team's faith. The only way I can do that is to work hard at training and hopefully the coach will select me."
Josephs's prospects of playing AmaZulu's first game of the season next month have increased as last term's number one Siyabonga Mbatha faces a few weeks out with a fractured right finger.