‘There are a lot of positives for Usuthu’

Brandon Truter, head coach of AmaZulu chats to Terrence Mashego of Cape Town City after the DStv Premiership 2021/22 game between Cape Town City and AmaZulu at Cape Town Stadium on 14 May 2022 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC have a lot of positives to take from their last seven competitive matches in the 2021-22 campaign.

These are the words of coach Brandon Truter who took charge of Usuthu two months ago following fellow Cape Town-born tactician Benni McCarthy’s departure.

The KwaZulu-Natal giants went on a seven-match unbeaten run under Truter which started with a draw against Horoya AC in Guinea on April 1 in a CAF Champions League Group B game.

Truter’s side then kept six successive clean sheets in DStv Premiership which led to AmaZulu securing a top-eight finish in the competition with a game to spare.

However, the clean sheet run came to an end on the final day of the season as Usuthu were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Lamontville Golden Arrows last week Saturday.

“In the seven games for us (that Truter was in charge), including the Champions League game, it’s one defeat, five wins and a draw. Before today we had not conceded a goal,” Truter said.

“On the progress, it has been good. It was a derby so… I think we gave a good account of ourselves in the first minutes of the second half.

“There are a lot of positives. We finished in the Top 8 and considering the injuries we had, it could have been better.”

AmaZulu finished seventh on the DStv Premiership standings and they will take part in next season’s MTN8 quarter-finals.

Usuthu’s quarter-final opponents will be the team which finishes second in the league this term.