Argentine hitman eager for Usuthu impact
Posted: 16 July 2018 Time: 14:30
New AmaZulu striker Emiliano Tade believes coming to the PSL is a step up in his career after achieving great success with Auckland City in New Zealand.
The 30-year-old, who hails from Santiago in Argentina, won 23 trophies in a seven-year spell with City en-route to becoming the club's record marksman with 107 goals in 162 appearances - overtaking the likes of former Bafana Bafana strikers Grant Young and Keryn Jordan on the all-time scorers' list.
Usuthu unveiled Tade on Friday at Spar's depot in Phoenix, Durban along with fellow recruits Moeneeb Josephs, Boiki Modisakeng, Nhlanhla Vilakazi, Charlie Hlalele, Marc van Heerden and Xolani Silawula.
"It was something probably in my personal life that I had for a few years of travelling to South Africa," Tade tells KickOff.com.
"Now it is probably the bigger challenge and the step up in my full career. It's been a great challenge since the beginning when I spoke to the people at the club.
"They said there's going to be a big project on the table, so I thought why not and ja, here I am."
Tade, a treble Golden Boot winner in New Zealand, says he is starting to settle into his new surroundings.
"Obviously when someone comes at a new team you want to win everything and that is our mentality," he says.
"Not only as a footballer but also as a human being. And look, I just arrived and I'm starting to settle with AmaZulu. I'm adapting myself to the club.
"Also, the training has been good so far. At the moment we are doing the camp and physically it has been tough because of the jet lag and settling in and stuff. But I can feel I'm starting to get to my peak. It has been alright so far."
Cavin Johnson's side will compete in the KZN Premier's Cup in Durban on July 28 as part of their pre-season preparations.