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Amazulu trying to rekindle glory days

By unknown | Jun 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

AmaZulu, who used to be among the best-supported clubs in the country, have put a system in place to rekindle the good old days when they played in front of capacity crowds.

Usuthu have been failing to attract fans in recent seasons and the past season was the worst, except for a few high-profile matches.

The long-standing ownership dispute between the side's boss, Patrick Sokhela, and his counterpart at Dynamos, Pat Malabela, coupled with the club's poor results last season, impacted negatively on AmaZulu's ability to pull in the crowds at their matches.

But now Usuthu, who will try to negotiate their way back to the Castle Premiership through the National First Division Platinum playoffs, are eager to work to bring their supporters back to the stadium. Sokhela has said he was working hard to rebuild the AmaZulu brand.

"We are interacting with our supporters' branch chairmen both in KwaZulu-Natal and in Gauteng to discuss a plan to lure our supporters back to the stadium," James Dlamini, Usuthu team manager, said yesterday.

"We will revisit hostels in Gauteng where our chairmen will hold supporters' meetings on a regular basis to keep people abreast of the developments in the team."

A public relations officer will also be appointed to assist us in the new season. We have 75 active supporters' branches in KwaZulu and 20 in Gauteng, 18 950 registered supporters and our aim is to increase the number next term.

"There were some factors that kept our supporters away from our matches last season but we will start on a clean slate this time round. We are also going to engage the provincial government to assist us in our campaign in KwaZulu-Natal. The office of the premier has been very helpful."

Dlamini said they had not organised buses for their supporters from KwaZulu-Natal to the first leg of the playoffs against FC AK in Eldorado Park tomorrow. Kickoff is at 3pm.

The second leg takes place at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu on Saturday.

But he said there will be four buses for their supporters to Tshwane if they reach the final against University of Pretoria.

AmaZulu organised two buses for their followers for their cancelled match against City Pillars in Polokwane last Tuesday.


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