AmaZulu has set tough targets for coach Craig Rosslee who admited that the tough economic times are making it more and more difficult for sides like his AmaZulu to contest for the top positions of the Absa Premiership.
The Usuthu coach has again been set some stringent targets for 2014/15, like finishing amongst the top four and also winning a cup.
Last season they ended in ninth position having spent over 90 percent of the campaign in the top eight. Realistically, it is difficult to see them ending in the top four with their best ever league positioning being seventh from 2011/12.
“I know the directors have said top four, but the club, by its own admission, will acknowledge that we don’t have the financial buying power to compete with the teams that have ended up in the top four,” Rosslee said at their season-launch press conference in Durban.
“What we will do, is work cleverly and smartly to acquire players and then work with the youngsters to build towards the future so that we can stabilise and solidify the club and its status.”
Rosslee, who has been charged since November 2012, has overseen the departure of around 33 players during his 20 months, with about 24 coming in.
During the past winter, 10 players have left and nine signed, amongst them Philani Shange from relegated Lamontville Golden Arrows and high-profile Zambian Bornwell Mwape.
“What we’re trying to do is build this club,” Rosslee explained. “It’s always a bad mistake to say ‘it’s now or never’. In this game, big teams have achieved their results over a period of 100 years, it’s about building towards where you want to go. A hit and run is not going to work.
“So the plan for me to go to where I want to go, is to build a team and to get where I want to in the correct fashion, with the right players and the correct staff. If we can do that, it will set this club up for a good future.”
Rosslee admits that he is still searching for two more players to complete his squad, who he believes have the potential to match the ambition of the owners’ top-four wish.
“It’s good to dream and that’s only human nature,” he added. “If we put in a good shift then we can achieve what we need to. We can always plan and say where we want to go, at the end of the day we need to be able to do it.”
The club kick-off their Absa Premiership campaign against Ajax Cape Town at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday.
The full list of players signed is: Bornwell Mwape, Mfanafuthi Dlamini, Siya Mngoma, Tapelo Nyongo, Philani Shange, Sadat Ouro-Akoriko, Paul Were, Darren Smith, Robyn Johannes.