Johnson praises Karuru, Ntuli

AmaZulu general manager Lunga Sokhela (right) welcomes Bonginkosi Ntuli to Usuthu.
AmaZulu general manager Lunga Sokhela (right) welcomes Bonginkosi Ntuli to Usuthu.
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AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson has lauded Bonginkosi Ntuli and Ovidy Karuru for making things easier for Emiliano Tade as the Argentina-born striker proves to be a good buy for Usuthu.

It was Tade's brace and a goal from the ever-green Siyabonga Nomvethe that handed AmaZulu their third league win on the trot against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night.

Tade, 30, is currently the league's joint-top scorer - level on five goals with Highlands Park's Mothobi Mvala and Tshegofatso Mabasa of Celtic.

Johnson is excited to see his striking combination of Ntuli, Karuru and Tade bearing fruit. Tade joined Usuthu from Auckland City of New Zealand at the start of the season.

"As you can see, he's not a top striker but a second striker. You have to compliment Bongs [Ntuli] for keeping players away from Tade in order for him to score. You have to compliment Ovidy as well. The togetherness has been key for our good run," said Johnson.

"If he [Tade] finds himself in better positions, he will score a lot of goals. As a coach you wish they [players] stay like that and keep going all the time."

AmaZulu face Black Leopards at Thohoyandou Stadium tomorrow (3.30pm).

Johnson is looking forward to this tricky trip to Venda. The joyful Usuthu coach knows the match will be no walk in the park, especially because Lidoda Duvha boast a new coach in Dylan Kerr.

"Have you ever been to Venda? [Johnson asked journalists. It's a beautiful place right? It's just red. everything you see is red, the sand is red. It's one trip that we do once a year. We hope to take right players with us in order to experience Venda.

"We know that Leopards are a difficult team to play against. They have a new coach. it's always like new broom sweeps clean."

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