Truter thrilled to land 'dream job'

Premiership

Interim head coach Brandon Truter is hoping to thrive under the pressure at AmaZulu after replacing Benni McCarthy at the helm of the club.

Earlier this week, Brandon Truter was appointed as AmaZulu's new interim head coach for the remainder of the 2021/22 season after the club announced that it had parted ways with Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy.

The former Swallows FC coach arrives in Kwa-Zulu Natal at a time when last season's DStv Premiership runners-up are languishing in ninth place in the league standings and facing an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout stages in their first-ever CAF Champions League campaign.

Despite the challenges he faces to turn things around, Truter described his move to Usuthu as a "dream come true" and insisted that his only priority was to improve the side's fortunes between now and the end of the season. 

"Being part of the AmaZulu brand is just a dream come true," Truter told the club's media team on Monday. "I'm happy to be here, I'm over the moon and grateful for the opportunity given to me by the president and the board to coach at AmaZulu.

"Having monitored the club during their darker days, if I can put it that way, but I'm happy with what they achieved last season, which showed the club was a sleeping giant and proved to South Africa that they can compete with the best.

"The structure and the brand that is here already is very good," he added. "The technical team and the club has been successful with the players who are here as well. Results for this year haven't been forthcoming and that's the only thing I'm looking to change at the moment.

"I'm coming in with seven games left so I'm not stupid in regards to disrespecting the technical team and the people who are around here.

"We have to look at it and see how we can turn it around because we have a very ambitious president and very ambitious and hungry-for-success supporters. To end the season on a high note for them, we have to turn it around.

"Football is a game of pressure and I would like to strive under that pressure. So, pressure is welcome but we need to be mindful of where it is coming from as well. It will always be there in football, especially in the DStv Premiership."

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