Moeneeb Josephs: We don’t talk relegation at training

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AmaZulu are in a very uncomfortable position on the Absa Premiership log, but well-travelled and experienced goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs believes that they can avoid relegation.

The former Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates shot stopper is still confident that his relegation threatened side can overturn their situation on the log standings and is banking on his experience and other senior players at the club to keep the rest of the team going.

“This is a very tough situation that we are in, knowing that there is a possibility we might get relegated. But as senior players we need to provide that stability and calmness into the team and that’s what we are trying to do,” said Josephs.

“At this moment we’re under so much pressure that now somehow there is a lack of energy, so they will provide that energy for us, as senior players and we will feed off that.”

“And that energy we will process through the team into a more calming effect and just make us realise that they listen, things are still in our control and nothing is doom and gloom yet. For as long as it’s in our control, there is still a possibility,” said the veteran goalkeeper.

The KwaZulu Natal-based side are bottom of the log with 20 points after 22 games with only 5 wins, 5 draws and 12 defeats.

AmaZulu’s recent League game was a 2-1 derby loss against neighbours Golden Arrows at Kings Park Stadium in Durban, a result which pushed the team further down the relegation zone.

But Josephs says they are not talking about the log standings at training.

“We do not speak about the log standings at training for one reason is, you wanna keep those things away from the youngsters like I said, you need that energy right.

“So all we speak about is a possibility of our next game, how we should approach that next game and try and get the positive energy right because at the end of the day that is what’s gonna get us through everything here,” added Josephs

Last week AmaZulu were dealt what many described as a major loss for the team, when it was announced that former striker and assistant coach Mabhuti Khenyeza has resigned from the club.

Khenyeza was unveiled as the new TS Galaxy Coach last week, and Josephs has also shared his views on the departure of their former assistant coach.

“I won’t say it affected the team, but it’s a loss to us. Mabhuti understands the culture of the team and understands the culture of all these players you know.

“It was very sad especially for us senior players to lose a person like that but hey, everybody gets opportunities like that, to become a head coach and he has that opportunity now.

“Mabhuti is someone who always accepts challenges. All the best to him” – Josephs.

The veteran goalkeeper will turn 40 years in May this year, but says he is not planning on hanging up his boots yet and is looking to play beyond the age of 40.

“I’d love to still play. I’d love to still play because I still feel fit, I still feel strong. I still have that hunger and desire but obviously that decision is not for me,

“I can only do as much will still need to be made. But I would still love to carry on,” concluded the AmaZulu keeper.

By Shane Matsoyane

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