AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee has admitted that losing Tamsanqa Teyise will be a blow to his side, but is hopeful that they can make up for it by introducing fresh talent.
The 27-year-old central defender is set to join SuperSport United when his current contract with Usuthu expires in June and Rosslee says they did everything in their power to hold on to the player.
“I’m all for players forwarding their careers, but in all honesty it’s a pity we lost Teyise,” he said. “We wanted to keep him and we consider him part of the family.
“We thought that he wanted to stay here but we don’t have the financial muscle that the bigger clubs have.
“We tried for a very long time to negotiate with Teyise and I sat down with him on probably ten occasions and made it clear that I wanted him to stay.
“He explained to me that he wanted to stay and he loves everyone around here and also considers it home.”
Despite his imminent move to Matsatsantsa, Teyise retained his place in the AmaZulu lineup during Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Ajax Cape Town and Rosslee expects him to continue playing a big role during the remainder of the campaign.
“I wish him well and also for him to complete the job that he still has to do here,” he said.
“I’m not emotional about this; I don’t hold any grudges. As long as he remains on track and he does the job handsomely – he’ll continue to play.
“We’re paying him; he’s got a contract with us and he’ll see it out.”
The Eastern Cape-born player joined AmaZulu from SAFA Second Division side SAP Callies in January 2011.