AmaZulu Coach Roger Palmgren has lauded the KZN Club’ s fitness level after their first week’s training session of 2012 at Moses Mabhida Outer Fields.
The 10th placed club has ample time to correct the mistakes of the past in the Premiership, which – according to the Swedish mentor will also be governed by how they take the fitness tests.
“For now we have to do the tests because we’re going to be doing more of individual abilities. Whether we like it or not we have to test if we’re not training too soft or too hard.
Even though this is a team sport, I do believe trying to help the players improve individually can also benefit the team,” said Palmgren.
The coach is without qualm over his side’s record of not finding the back of the net in the three past home matches. Instead the former Sierra Leone coach is adamant the players are ready to turn things around in the New Year.
He says their commitment displayed towards the end of the second round testified to the fact they want to keep on climbing the log.
“If we’re having a striker now, he must be better than what we were having because otherwise it would be a waste of time,” the coach said in question over the need to find a goal poacher.
Strikers Ayanda Dlamini, Tangeni Shipahu and Stanton Lewis have also formed the backbone of the team according the coach. The coach is counting on the trio to rise to the occasion throughout the friendly matches leading up to the first match in the New Year.
AmaZulu open their 2012 calendar with a possible home thriller against Mamelodi Sundowns at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on 15 February 2012.