Truter: Usuthu can finish second in DStv Prem

Brandon Truter, Coach of AmaZulu FC

AmaZulu FC coach Brandon Truter is confident of guiding the team to a second-place finish in the DStv Premiership in the current season.

The Cape Town-born tactician masterminded Usuthu’s second successive win in the competition as the team claimed a 1-0 win over Maritzburg United in the KwaZulu-Natal Derby clash at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

The back-to-back victories have seen the KwaZulu-Natal giants cement their place in the top eight on the league standings as they placed seventh – nine points behind second-placed Royal AM with five games left.

Truter, who recently took over as AmaZulu coach on an interim basis following Benni McCarthy’s departure, is keen to ensure that the team finishes second and qualifies for next season’s CAF Champions League.

“I wouldn’t have taken the job if I didn’t back myself and also doing research and knowing AmaZulu with the quality of players available,” Truter said.

“I had no doubt the mandate [to finish in the top four] will be reached.

“I feel confident about reaching that mandate and even confident about maybe qualifying for the Champions League again by ending second.”

With Usuthu set to take on Royal AM, Swallows FC, Sekhukhune United, Cape Town City and Lamontville Golden Arrows in their last five matches, Truter believes his side can collect positive results in their remaining games.

“So that’s still possible with 15 points to play for. I back my boys. There’s quality throughout this team.”

Usuthu will travel to the Chatsworth Stadium where they are scheduled to take on Royal AM in the KwaZulu-Natal Derby clash on Sunday.