Head coach Manqoba Mngqithi’s technical team has this week kept their eyes on the ball in preparing AmaZulu for the 2011/12 season, while the coach spends a second week in Joburg in attendance of the SAFA coaching course.
The club’s physio Divan Augustyn takes AmaZulufc.net on how he and assistant coaches Fani Madida and Joel Faya have started heating things up this week.
“We started intense training about a week ago. We had our fitness tests last week Thursday and Friday prior to that some of the players or the younger players joined Fani (Madida) for two weeks to do some spinning and just to do some general cardiovascular work and the other senior players joined them a week later .
It’s a first week of pre-season, now so we’re just working on general conditioning.
Over the next six weeks we will be aiming to improve various aspects of their fitness whether it be cardiovascular strength, speed tactical things or stamina.
Also from the coach’s point of view, he will be looking at a whole lot of different things from the tactical and technical to help him prepare for the team for the first game,” said Augustyn.
On Thursday morning the team will now host sister team Durban Warriors on a friendly match as opposed to playing Thanda Royal Zulu who recently hired a new coach.
A lot of the gym work we do is complimentary to what we do on the field.
Divan also said that the likes of left-back Marc van Heerden and other players that struggled with injuries through-out last season are on a structured programme are looking fit.