Plans to reposition the Usuthu brand as a fully fledged Absa Premiership club and competitive force have been slowly taking shape behind the scenes since the appointment of Cavin Johnson as Head Coach of AmaZulu FC.
Usuthu General Manager, Lunga Sokhela has ensured the acquisition of an important member into Johnson’s technical staff through the appointment of experienced sports masseur, Rendani Manuku to keep the club a well oiled machine in the medical department.
The 31 year man who hails from Protea Glen in Soweto will be working hand in hand with club Physiotherapist Karel Du Toit, and Fitness Conditioner Joshua Smith, as well as Assistant Coach Alan Clark.
Both Manuku and Smith have worked together in the senior national team in their respective roles.
Manuku has been impressed by the prospect of adding his expertise at the club having worked with Bidvest Wits, Orlando Pirates among a number of PSL clubs.
He said: “The setup at AmaZulu FC shows that the team is ready to produce and aim on being successful.”
“I’m blessed to be at a team that has so much history. It’s easy for me to give 100% as it’s a world class structure with great people who do their work professionally and still stay professional,” said Manuku.
The month of September has provided a stern test for the KZN since their return into the Absa Premiership due to a tight schedule on fixtures.
Injuries to important players including that of Captain Tapelo Nyongo who’s making steady progress from hospital after sustaining a knock on the rib against Platinum Stars has caused the medical department led by Karel Du Toit to work even harder.
“Our wish as medical personnel is to have an injury free squad. Hopefully. It’s in God’s hands, hopefully he will touch our players and all at AmaZulu FC.”
“As medical personnel we have to give our all and strictly make sure that players follow the principles of recovery that has been set in our structure, and make sure that they’re being done,” he added.
Upon his arrival at Usuthu the green and white family did not waste time in offering the new technical team member welcome, so much so that with the translation of his first name “Rendani” from Venda going as Bongani in IsiZulu, Bongani has stuck on.
He has worked with Bafana Bafana for three years under the senior national team Head of Medical Dr Thulani Ngwanya, and holds a qualification in sports exercise science.Share