How Dlamini changed Usuthu’s fortunes

AmaZulu FC interim head coach Ayanda Dlamini

AmaZulu FC interim head coach Ayanda Dlamini has explained how he managed to change the team’s fortunes.

The 38-year-old tactician took over the reins in an interim basis early last month with Usuthu winless in three matches across all competitions having lost three games in a row.

Dlamini has since taken charge of four DStv Premiership matches – winning one, drawing two and losing once, and Usuthu are also undefeated in their last two games.

“It’s not the first time working with them, I can get into their heads and motivate them very easily,” Dlamini said.

“It was all about motivating and designing training sessions suitable for them to make sure that everything they in training, they enjoy. Everything they do in training is prepared for the game, and they understand what the approach is.

“Most of the time, we were very defensive, but now you can see the change. The way we attack, yes, we’re conceding goals, but we are still solid at the back,” the former AmaZulu striker continued.

“But I think the attacking mindset was lacking before. That’s what I introduced to make sure that we attack with more numbers also and not sit at the back.

“That’s why we came back against Sundowns like this because you could see the numbers in the box every time we put the ball in the box,” the former Usuthu academy coach added.

“You could see it’s a different mentality because we used to stay at the back and maybe leave one striker to fight against four defenders.”

AmaZulu will be away to Lamontville Golden Arrows on Saturday at Princess Magogo Stadium in their penultimate league game of the season.