AmaZulufc.net caught up with midfield ace, Henrick Ekstein at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium right after going up against KZN rivals Richards Bay FC and Maritzburg United on Friday afternoon.
Since the international FIFA break Usuthu have been quietly going about their business at training. They have also been mixing it up with some of their cross town rivals, including Royal AM last week in another fiercely contested friendly match as the Pablo Franco coached side looks to improve their league form.
Ekstein remains upbeat about their progress and gives a thumbs up on their state of readiness as a unit.
“I think this break is a good thing for us. We have been preparing and I think we have been preparing very well because the friendlies that we have we played we won almost all of them.”
“I think the guys are ready. We saw that we are playing the Carling Knockout next week. I think we will be ready. We will have another week to get on top of that,” said Ekstein.
The 32 year old midfielder is unperturbed by the current 11th position he and his teammates find themselves in and promises things will fall into place at Usuthu.
“We have a lot of senior players in the team. We need to push each other.”
“It is not about individuals for us but we as a team need to guide each other and help one another get the results and progress,” said Ekstein.
The newly launched Carling Knockout Cup competition sees AmaZulu FC travel to the FNB Stadium to face Kaizer Chiefs on 21 October 2023. Kickoff 18:00.
Their next DStv Premiership match will see them host Orlando Pirates on 24 October at Moses Mabhida Stadium.