AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson wants to take the club to next level
Posted: 4 August 2018 Time: 12:00
AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson is determined to make the KwaZulu-Natal outfit a dominant force.
Usuthu, who were formed in 1932 and are the second oldest PSL club after Bidvest Wits, last won a trophy in 1992 when they lifted the Coca-Cola Cup when former Bafana Bafana mentor Clive Barker was in charge.
AmaZulu bought their way back into the topflight on the eve of 2017/18, and eventually finished ninth in the standings after the 'Ndorogate' saga bumped them out of eighth spot.
Johnson, whose men won the KZN Premier's Cup last weekend, hopes to take the team to the "next level" with the benefit of a full pre-season. Last term he took over the reins from Zimbabwean Joey Antipas five days before the campaign started following the club's purchase of the now-defunct Thanda Royal Zulu's status.
"You can never say you've had enough time yes or no," said Johnson ahead of their season-opener with Baroka at King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday.
"Under normal circumstances, scientifically, six or seven weeks is probably the maximum you can prepare athletically for competition. We are no different to any other PSL team or any other team in the world that takes the time out to prepare players after a good holiday.
"But in the back of our minds, we know we did certain work in 2017/18 season and we are happy to do that work. But as we speak now we want to take AmaZulu to the next level. To take them to the next level you have to do a lot of introspection on where you were last year, and how you are going to go forward the following year.
"It is why many teams have signed a few players and you allow others to leave, and that is how the team gets better and better. For sure we put a lot of pressure on ourselves, only because we think we think we should be the biggest team in the KZN province. For that you need to be better than anyone else within the KZN province."
Johnson, however, is unsure of what to expect from Bakgaga under their new coach Wedson Nyirenda.
"From Baroka's point of view, we don't know how closed a book they are. They've a new coach and I don't know what Weds brings," he said.
"He spent a few years playing for Kaizer Chiefs and he has been the Zambian national coach; that is what we know about him.
"How he plays, how he sets up his stall... Ja, I don't think he can alter Baroka's way of playing a lot unless he changes the whole team.
"So from a statistical point of view and from a person who has been outside and now into Baroka, I don't see him bringing a lot of players. But I do see them bringing a lot of mentality and that we have to aware of."
Johnson will be without Zimbabwean winger Ovidy Karuru for the upcoming match, which kicks off at 20h15.