AmaZulu assistant coach Alan Clark says their friendly match against NFD outfit Richards Bay FC ticks all the boxes needed to remain fit and capable of hitting the ground running when the ABSA Premiership swings back to action in 2 weeks’ time.
Although the match which was held at the Moses Mabhida outer fields saw Usuthu coming out with a 4-2 loss to their Northern KZN counterparts, the 38-year tactician remained pleased.
Both goals from AmaZulu were scored by Tapelo Nyongo who has worked to recover from a hamstring injury.
‘’I think we achieved the objective which was to give some game time to some of the players in the squad.’’
‘’We have a very hectic schedule coming up so it was important that a lot of the guys who haven’t been getting game time to get some to keep fit. It’s always nice to play an opposition like Richards Bay FC who also play good football,’’ said Clark.
Clark also emphasized the importance of keeping all the players mentally sharp ahead of the hectic schedule the club will be needing to overcome.
Prior to Usuthu’s Absa Premiership fixture, the technical team were without strikers, Mabhuti Khenyeza and Mhlengi Cele due to last minute illness and injury. Industrious midfielder, Samuel Darpoh and defender, Mbongeni Gumede were both out on suspension.
‘’We have to make sure that all the players are ready for selection by the coach if need be. We also have to ensure that they are ready not just physically but mentally as well,” the coach added.
AmaZulu will travel to face Highlands Park on 27 November on 15:30 at Makhulong Stadium. On 30 November the KZN outfit faces Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay at 20:00.Share