Johnson happy with Usuthu pre-season preparations


Cavin Johnson

AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson has revealed that the team’s pre-season preparations are on-track.

Usuthu recently resumed training ahead of the 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign which is scheduled to start next month.

Johnson, who is looking forward to his second campaign with the club, has outlined how the Durban’s side preparations are going so far.

“We have to welcome back the players after six weeks of being off. We also have to welcome our new signings, who have been brought in for the new season,” Johnson said.

The KwaZulu-Natal giants have beefed up their squad with the signing of four quality players.

Ex-Free State Stars central midfielder Nhlanhla Vilakazi, former Orlando Pirates left-back Marc Van Heerden, goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, who was previously with Bidvest Wits, as well as Argentine striker Emiliano Tade have all joined Usuthu.

“Nhlanhla Vilakazi, Marc Van Heerden, Moeneeb Josephs and Emiliano Tade – respect to them because they are looking fine,” Johnson continued.

“Overall, the last two weeks have been very good. It has been an eye opening experience for some of us, who we were not part of last year’s pre-season’s preparations.

The 59-year-old South African tactician has been able to implement new ideas and philosophy during the pre-season phase.

“Our pre-season training is always about football. Now that the players are playing football, they are looking very happy,” he revealed.

“We are also doing things differently within our football structure. For example, we have upped the way we analyze games, our players and ourselves as a team.

“Furthermore, we are identifying the conditioning of the players both mentally and physically. We doing more in all those areas,” Johnson added.

“What we are introducing now to the club is a step towards the brand we are trying to build for the 2018/19 season.

“We want to start the new term well like we did last season. So, everything is going according to plan so far.

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