'Josephs can push Mbatha to be SA's no 1'
Posted: 20 July 2018 Time: 09:45
AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson has explained why he went for Moeneeb Josephs and says the character of the man is undeniable.
Usuthu unveiled Josephs and fellow recruits Nhlanhla Vilakazi, Emiliano Tade, Marc van Heerden, Charlie Hlalele, Xolani Silawula and Boiki Modisakeng a week ago, as well their new kit suppliers Umbro.
The 38-year-old Josephs previously spent five years at Bidvest Wits where he won the Absa Premiership, MTN8 and Telkom Knockout titles, but was tempted away by a good offer from AmaZulu and is determined to add value in Durban.
Late last season Siya Mbatha, who joined Usuthu from the now-defunct Thanda Royal Zulu, was the preferred number one at the club ahead of loan signing Boalefa Pule from SuperSport United and veteran Energy Murambadoro.
Johnson believes the new signings will take the club to the next level.
"The signing of these players was a matter of taking your team to the next level from the position that we had last year as far as playing-wise is concerned, character-wise and competition-wise," Johnson tells KickOff.com.
"We had these players for specifics. For example Moeneeb brings a little more character into our goalkeeping area if he is able to put Siya Mbatha out. But Siya's got so many years head of him and he's such a good goalkeeper that if he has the proper guidance he could be the number one in the country very soon.
"So that is my opinion. And I've also got Nhlanhla Vilakazi [signed from Free State Stars] who is a great central midfielder and again he's able to give [a push to] Sammy [Darpoh] and Butho [Mncube].
"He's [Josephs] able to give Siya more stability, a little bit more confidence and they'll be able to show more."
AmaZulu will next face the winner of Real Kings and Uthongathi FC in the semi-finals of the KZN Premier's Cup on July 29.