AmaZulu count on fresh blood
AMAZULU are hoping that their recent signings, who have yet to play for the club, will provide a significant boost to the squad after the horror of their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs in their league opener.
Coach Roger Palmgren said after the weekend's humiliation he had three or four fresh faces to add to his squad. The club is hopeful that these players will be available for the visit to KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg United on Tuesday.
Usuthu are still waiting for the work permits for Liberian defensive midfielder Dulee Johnson as well as Zimbabwean striker Mkhokheli Dube, which they say should be finalised by next week.
These two will add international experience to the starting line-up, having had a frustrating wait on the sidelines of that has kept them out of the MTN8 quarterfinal defeat by Moroka Swallows, as well as the Chiefs mauling.
Left-winger Nyiko Tshabangu, who joined Usuthu from Bidvest Wits last week but too late to be considered for the Amakhosi game, is also available.
And the club is also now hopeful of adding right-winger Thokozani Mshengu to their squad after he too was sent packing by The Clever Boys.
"We are just waiting for the paperwork to be done on Mshengu, he has been with us for the past two weeks and has done very well," said club general manager Peter O'Connor.
Mshengu, who made his name at Lamontville Golden Arrows, was signed by Wits from Bloem Celtic at the end of last season, but has been told he can leave by new coach Antonio Habas without ever kicking a ball in anger for the Johannesburg side.
"We believe all these additions will make a significant improvement to the squad, and aside from these players there is nobody else that we are looking at the moment. but you never know," O'Connor said.