Former AmaZulu coach: We wanted some of these signings


Former AmaZulu assistant coach Vasili Manousakis has revealed that the names brought in by the club were some of the signings requested by previous head coach Benni McCarthy.

The ambitious KwaZulu-Natal club has made a serious statement of intent with their recent additions that include Bafana Bafana international Ethan Brooks and Larry Bwalya.

Namibian Riaan Hanamub, Thendo Mukumela, Veluyeke Zulu, Dumisani Zuma, Augustine Kwem, and Gabadinho Mhango are the other names brought in as part of the new look Usuthu.

"I think the players we had got into the positions that we were in, and of course, we've had quite a few players coming in Kgotso Moleko, Tercious Malepe, and Philani Zulu," Manousakis tells KickOff.

"They came into a highly competitive environment, some of them came carrying injuries, and of course, it takes time to adjust.

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"Now Usuthu have made some signings and congratulations to them, they've made some decent signings, some of them were on our target list last season and we weren't able to get them,

"So they've managed to hook one or two now and I wish them all the best, these things happen in football you know.

"The chairman, us, the general manager, we were always in contact trying to get those players but they just couldn't get it over the line.

"The only one they managed to get in the end was Abubbaker Mobara in the January transfer window, and we all know January is not an easy transfer window you know, but they've managed to get them now, let's see what they can do, I think they've made some really good signings."

Manousakis also explained why he parted ways with the club.

"My contract was terminated with a year left, I think the reason that was given was that the head coach (Brandon Truter) preferred to work with his own technical team, which we respect that happens in football.

"Compared to the season before it was always gonna be difficult we set the bar very, very high.

"We competed in the Champions League, we made it to the group stages, we got through some tough qualifiers you know,

"When you look at our group Raja, ES Setif and Horoya...these are serial Champions League teams that play in the Champions League year in and year out, So I don't think we embarrassed ourselves.

"We had some very key players injured for a very long time, that had an impact, So yes, it wasn't a disgraceful season but we have to respect the coach's decision that he wants his own technical team."

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