AmaZuluFC.net had a chat with attacking midfielder Ruzaigh Gamildien, who recently signed from Bloemfontein Celtic, to find out how he is settling in at the club.
AmaZuluFC.net: What were your thoughts when you heard that AmaZulu were interested in your services?
Ruzaigh Gamildien: I was actually excited because the team showed interest and I told my agent that I’m not even going to consider the other offers and go straight to AmaZulu.
AmaZuluFC.net: Are you adapting well to the team and to the city since you arrived?
RG: Everything has been great since I’ve been here; the players have accepted me well, the technical, everybody – it’s a great place and a great city to be in.
The facilities, medical equipment and everything is top notch so I’m happy with my decision and hopefully this will be my happy place for two-and-a-half years or more.
AmaZuluFC.net: You joined your new teammates before the end of 2013 – even though you weren’t registered at that time – how has that helped?
RG: Definitely the two weeks I spent before the Christmas break was important because I got the feel of the guys and how things work around here. It was good to spend time with the team and it helped me acclimatize well.
AmaZuluFC.net: Now that you’re working with the players everyday – what do you have to say about the quality in the team?
RG: I was actually surprised when I got here because we actually have good players and I can see the brand of football that we are trying to play, the passing game, and I believe it’s one of my strengths.
Hopefully we’ll all push each other at training to achieve better things and help the team to win trophies.
AmaZuluFC.net: The coach has said he expects you to create and score goals and to bring something extra when it comes to setpieces. Does this put you under pressure or motivate you?
RG: That’s exactly what I came here to do. Obviously the coach did some research on me before deciding to sign me and I’m glad that he speaks with so much emotion and feeling about his players.
It all starts there because the coach determines your mood and your love for the game and I just can’t wait to start playing.
AmaZuluFC.net: You sustained an injury during the CHAN break – are you disappointed that it delayed your debut for the club?
RG: Of course when you join a new club you just want to get on with things as soon as possible but injuries are part of the game.
I tore a ligament in my ankle during a friendly game but I have recovered well and hopefully I’ll make my debut soon.
AmaZuluFC.net: The club in is a good position on the log at the moment – how important is it to maintain the momentum and stay up there?
RG: We shouldn’t take our foot off the pedal now; we should try and collect as many points as possible in order to stay in the top eight because this is a very competitive league and anything can still happen.
Hopefully the new players will work well with the old players and we can push for a good run in the league and also do well in the Nedbank Cup.