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Johnson optimistic after Usuthu's dream start in PSL

By Sihle Ndebele | 2017-08-22 07:53:33.0

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson is adamant he will achieve his targets at Usuthu despite joining the team late and having only a week of pre-season.

This is after Usuthu had a dream start to life in the Absa Premiership when they beat Free State Stars 1-0 on Saturday at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi.

"I do not think it [joining the team late] will have a negative impact. I have been with the team for one week but the boys are already showing good signs and the never [-say-] die attitude. They are responding well to my approach so far.

"We must make sure that the team remains in the Premiership, that is our main target," Johnson told Sowetan.

The 58-year-old tactician has praised his players for winning the first game, citing that it will be a morale booster.

"Winning our first game was very important because it boosts our confidence going forward. We planned well for them [Free State Stars]. The boys showed character because they played the better part of the game with 10 men [after Sadat Ouro-Akoriko was red-carded in the 13th minute].

"You've got to give credit to the boys for putting in the effort, they looked like they were enjoying the game," he added.

This year, AmaZulu are celebrating 85 years' existence and Johnson expects that to serve as a motivation to his troops.

"This must be a year where the team achieves greater things," stated the ex-SuperSport United coach.

Johnson has said he will not bring his own philosophy to the Durban club, but he will revive the brand of football the team played in the past.

"We need to make sure that we play the type of football that was played way back when AmaZulu were still stronger. We need to revive that brand of football," he added.

AmaZulu will be eager to make it two wins in two matches when they visit Chippa United today at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (7.30pm).

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