Truter: Usuthu won’t panic, we should be fine

Brandon Truter, Coach of AmaZulu FC

AmaZulu FC head coach Brandon Truter is optimistic that the team will soon return to winning ways as he reflected on Usuthu’s first nine matches in the current season.

The KwaZulu-Natal giants extended their winless run to three matches in the DStv Premiership when they lost 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns in Pretoria just before the current FIFA international break.

“Coming into the game against Sundowns, they lost twice and us as well and it’s the best team in South Africa, the champions at the moment and former African champions,” Truter said.

“Everybody has lost in the league [at least] twice, we’ve lost three but it could have gone either way [against Sundowns]. If it went the other way it would have been Sundowns three [defeats] and us two.”

The DStv Premiership Coach of the Month for October/November 2021 also believes Usuthu are bound to turn the corner with an MTN8 match looming.

“There’s still 22 games to play so why should we panic? We have a good team, good structure – we started like a house on fire. The two losses in a row boil down to mentality, that two losses,” he continued.

“At one stage Arrows were last on the log, we lost that game, Chippa [United] was last, we lost that game – it’s mentality, tactical execution and then getting results and winning those types of games.

“That’s the difference between Sundowns and the rest of the league at the moment, winning the games that matter most but of course like I said it’s two or more [losses] for each team in the league, so we should be fine.”

AmaZulu will be away to Kaizer Chiefs in an MTN8 semi-final first-leg match at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on October 2.