AmaZulu have been quietly going about their pre-season program over 30 kilometres away from their usual Moses Mabhida Stadium home base as they up the ante in their preparations for the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season.
The club’s opening fixture sees Usuthu host Bidvest Wits at King Zwelithini Stadium on 3 August 2019.
Coach Cavin Johnson is quite coy on the progress that his squad has displayed since assembling at Crawford North Coast College on 19 June 2019.
“We have to give credit to Crawford North Coast for allowing us to train here and giving us the opportunity to train in a very secluded place,” said Johnson.
“It gives the players a lot of time to be with each other because we are here from 8am to about 5pm or 6pm each day. We’re really doing a lot, but in saying that you can only train so much.
“Then the rest is that, you’re hoping that the mentality sinks in a little bit harder. Yes, we’re doing a lot more than we did in the last two seasons only because we wanted to be counted this year.”
Between loading the physical elements of their pre-season on the park, the 58-year-old tactician has expressed his contentment in the way new signings have eased into the set up.
“I am happy with the way the players are responding and we can only wait up into the first game and then you can measure whether the players are in the right frame of mind, but what I can say is that we have a happy team,” explained the coach.
“The players that we brought in like, Lehlohonolo Majoro and Andre de Jongh, are doing better with the team now.
“We know each other better. We haven’t brought in a lot of people and in the same time there’s nothing outside of football that has affected us so we’re preparing well.”
AmaZulu will take a week-long ‘short left’ to Gauteng where the team will train on 14 July 2015. The trip will form part of a team-building excursion. Next up the club will head back to KZN to take part in a pre-season tournament in Pietermaritzburg on 20 July 2019 with three other PSL clubs.
On 27-28 July follows the inaugural KZN Premiers Cup, which sees seven of the province’s Absa Premiership and NFD clubs taking part. The draw will be held on 11 July 2019.
Last week AmaZulu took on ABC Motsepe outfit Rainham Sporting in a friendly. The match ended 3-1 in Usuthu’s favour.Share