Ouro-Akoriko enjoying new football family

AmaZuluFC.net caught up with new AmaZulu defender Sadat Ouro-Akoriko to find out how he has settled at the club following his off-season move from Free State Stars on a three-year contract.

AmaZuluFC.net: Why did you decide this was the right time to join AmaZulu?

Sadat Ouro-Akoriko: I’ve always been told that AmaZulu are a professional club with a lot of history in South African football so when the opportunity arrived to join the club I thought it would be a right step for my career.

I spent a lot of time at Free State Stars and I really believed it was time to begin a new challenge at a club like AmaZulu. I’m excited about the club’s ambitions, the type of football that is being played here and the way the team is managed.

AmaZuluFC.net: How have you settled into the team so far, playing alongside new partners in central defence?

SOA: Everything has gone well so far in preseason. All the players have welcomed me well and we’ve already played some friendly and the Charity Showdown and we are seeing a lot of progress. It has been easy for me to adapt because guys like Willem (Mwedihanga) and Carlington (Nyadombo) are also internationals and we have been communicating well.

AmaZuluFC.net: What are you hoping to achieve in your first season with Usuthu?

SAO: I may be new to the club but the coach has been building this team towards winning something and I want to be a part of that. I didn’t win anything at Free State Stars and it’s one of my dreams to win a trophy in the PSL.

There’s a lot of work and planning that goes into making a dream like that a reality so I will work hard for my place in the team, try to play consistently and hopefully I will avoid any serious injuries. We’ll do our best to finish in the top five in the league and try to win one of the cups as well.

AmaZuluFC.net: How are you finding life in the city of Durban?

SAO: We have been busy with preseason work but I have tried to adapt to Durban. It’s a beautiful city and the weather is great, it’s similar to West African weather. The people are great and we hope to see them backing AmaZulu at the stadium in the new season.

Guys like Willem and John Arwuah have helped me to enjoy being here, especially since I don’t have any family here. I also spend time with other guys and my Zulu will improve in no time (laughs).

If you are a football player, when you arrive at a new team you have to accept them as your new family in order to survive well.

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