Ramphele ready for the upcoming campaign

AmaZulu winger, Augustine Ramphele is eager to get the ball rolling ahead of the new season

Now in his third full season at the club the 25-year-old is delighted with how the preseason has unfolded thus far. He says preparations for the upcoming 2018/2019 campaign has been tough yet exciting under the guidance of coach, Cavin Johnson.

“It’s quite nice actually because coach Cavin (Johnson) is not a coach that believes in hard running. He believes in us playing football. I think we enjoyed the preseason under him, it was very nice,” Ramphele said.

AmaZulu will compete in the Premiers’ Cup which takes place just a week before the new Premier Soccer League season kicks off.

Ramphele and company feel that the tournament is the perfect platform to gain some confidence as they head into a crunch first fixture of the season against Baroka FC on the 5 of August.

“It is actually competitive. You know the teams that are competing in that tournament are quite tough and they all want to prove a point,” he said.

“It’s basically a clash of the KwaZulu-Natal teams so it’s going to be a real tough one but we are hoping to do our best. Hopefully we can also win it just to boost the morale of the team and the confidence of the players’ as well.”

“First of all we don’t have to put a lot of pressure on us, but we just need to make sure we start on a positive note so it can ease the pressure when we are about to play Baroka.”

Ramphele also highlighted the importance of the 12th man and believes the support of the fans will be crucial to the club’s ambitions.

“I just want the fans to come out in numbers to come support us because with them we have the willingness to work hard and fight harder, they give us that courage, we would like them to come through and support us,” Ramphele said.

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