Sokhela: Usuthu targeting Absa Premiership title

AmaZulu FC general manager Lunga Sokhela has made it clear that the club is looking to challenge for the Absa Premiership title.

Usuthu have been busy preparing for the upcoming 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign which is scheduled to start next month.

The KwaZulu-Natal giants officially announced the signing of seven new players on Friday as the club beefed up its squad.

Veteran goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, defenders Boiki Modisakeng, Xolani Silawuli and Marc Van Heerden, midfielders Nhlanhla Vilakazi, and Charlie Hlalele as well as Argentine striker Emiliano Tade were all unveiled as Usuthu’s new players.

AmaZulu are now hoping to challenge for the most coveted trophy in the country under the guidance of Cavin Johnson, who led the team to a top eight finish last season.

“We have to start competing for the league title. You cannot have companies such as Spar and Umbro in your stable and play second fiddle,” Sokhela said.

“These are big companies and we are a big brand. We have put plenty of resources behind the club and we cannot aim for anything less.

Usuthu have never won the league title in the PSL era, but they clinched the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) in 1972.

“So, ultimately, the goal is to start challenging for the league title and even if we do not achieve this, that would have been our aim,” he continued.

“From Under-13 side all the way up to the first team, we have to target league titles. We have to aim to be the best in South Africa.”

Meanwhile, AmaZulu’s new acquisition Josephs also indicated that he is looking to win a major trophy with the club.

The 38-year-old shot-stopper, who joined Usuthu from Bidvest Wits, has won nine trophies including three league titles during his long and successful career.

“You can never win enough. Once you feel you have achieved everything than you should leave this game,” Josephs said.

“AmaZulu are a team who have not been recognised for the big club they are. We have to repay the faith by winning cups and getting the team back where they belong.

“I am here to impart the knowledge I have on the youngsters. I hope they can learn from me and work hard,” the former Orlando Pirates keeper continued.

“I am here to compete. Whenever the team needs me I will give my best,” he concluded.

The last time Usuthu lifted a major trophy was in 1992 when they clinched the Coca Cola Cup after defeating Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 in the final at the iconic FNB Stadium.

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