Mugeyi explains AmaZulu move

Wilfred Mugeyi, the recently appointed AmaZulu assistant, admits that the lure of head coach Craig Rosslee, a man that comes from the same school of thought, played a key role in bringing him to Durban.

The Zimbabwean has enjoyed an eventful year so far, first ending a six year relationship with Ajax Cape Town, before being hired and then fired by Chippa United.

But when old acquaintance Rosslee called within a week of that setback to offer him the chance to sit alongside him on the Usuthu bench, there was little hesitation.

"Craig gave me a ring to check if I was interested in joining him at the club and I jumped at the chance," Mugeyi told PSL.co.za. "We worked together at Ajax, where we had a good relationship, and it didn't end there.

"We've always been in contact, so it was a good chance to work together once again. To be honest, I had offers from other teams, but knowing Craig's style of play was something that appealed to me.

"As you know, we're from the same school at Ajax and I knew he's applying a similar philosophy, so for me it was an easy decision. There's little adjustment because I know how he does things and it was a matter of continuity."

The former Zimbabwe international striker, who was on the books of clubs like Bush Bucks, Ajax and Free State Stars during his playing days, was impressed by the work done by his new boss thus far. The two spent a large time of the 2000s working together at the Urban Warriors.

Rosslee only took over the club late last year and Mugeyi said: "He's done a really good job considering where they were when he arrived. The potential is there at this club, they've got some extremely good youngsters willing to learn and succeed.

"But we need them to start winning trophies, start challenging for honours. The first job is obviously to avoid relegation, which to be honest we should, then we need to build from there."

He outlined the importance of building a solid foundation at the Moses Mabhida Stadium-based team, suggesting the Ajax system as the way forward.

"Consistency is key to becoming a good club," he added. "Yes AmaZulu is rich in history, but they need to become consistent.

"They need to start bringing in quality players and hold on to those players. They also have an academy here and that needs to be utilised a lot more than what it currently is.

"We were discussing this the other day and they really need to make this facility work for them, in the same way Ajax has.

"They need to produce players from there, so when the time comes to fill a gap, you just go to the academy and take him out of there. Only if you don't have that, you then look outside."