Truter: How I deal with Usuthu expectations

Brandon Truter, Coach of AmaZulu FC

AmaZulu FC head coach Brandon Truter has expressed the kind of pressure that comes with working for a big club like Usuthu.

The upcoming 2022-23 campaign will be the 45-year-old tactician’s first full season with Usuthu having joined the KwaZulu-Natal giants towards the end of the 2021-22 term.

Truter revealed how he deals with the expectations set for him by the board with Usuthu chairman Sandile Zungu having stated that the team should win at least one major trophy in the upcoming season.

“AmaZulu is a big club and right now we have a chairman that is very ambitious,” Truter said.

“I could sense when I came in that their achievements with the previous coach weren’t enough.

“I know exactly what I have gotten myself into agreeing to join the club but in order for one to take up this sort of job you need a certain level of confidence,” he added.

“And I’m confident of the team around me and I don’t see why we can’t finish the year with a trophy in our cabinet.”

AmaZulu won their last major trophy in 1992 which was the Coca Cola Cup and it was known as the Telkom Knockout Cup until the competition was cancelled in the 2020/21 season after the loss of the main sponsor.

The Telkom Knockout Cup will be replaced with the Carling Knockout Cup muscling into its space in the 2023-24 season.

Usuthu clinched the 1972 National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) which is a top-flight league which existed between 1971 and 1995.