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Folz Remains Mum On Kwem & Mhango

AmaZulu coach Romain Folz was coy on whether Augustine Kwem and Gabadinho Mhango will feature when his side host Tornado FC in the Nedbank Cup last-32 at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday (15:00).

Both players have peripherally featured for the club since the second half of the season resumed following the 2022 FIFA World Cup break.

Mhango, started the season on fire, scoring three goals in his first four league games, but the former Orlando Pirates striker last featured for Usuthu in a 2-0 loss to Royal AM early last month and was was out of the squad for the last four matches.

For Kwem, it has been worse. He last featured for Usuthu against Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in November.

The Nedbank Cup match against Tornado who play in the ABC Motsepe League should give Folz an opportunity to rotate his squad, but he didn’t want to reveal his cards whether Mhango or Kwem will feature.

“Maybe, maybe,” said Folz when asked by iDiski Times if Mhango and Kwem will figure in this game.

He remained tightlipped when asked to expand more, simply replying: “We will see.”

To be fair, Junior Dion, who has been leading the line since joining the club in January from Folz’s former side Marumo Gallants has done well, scoring two goals in five appearances.

Folz was appointed in October, replacing Brandon Truter on the short-term contract until the end of 2022/23 and results have been up and down, with only two wins in 10 league matches.

The 32-year-old was asked if he feels under pressure to deliver the Ke Yona trophy to the club to secure his future beyond this season and whether the target of finishing within the top four is realistically with 11 league matches to go.

Usuthu lie sixth with 24 points after 19 matches played. They have only won five league matches this season so far. Folz, however, said this doesn’t bother him at the moment.  

“I look at what I’m doing here, day by day, week by week. I try to make the team improve everyday and that is my only focus,” he added.

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“We will see as time progresses what happens. One thing I can tell you is that, I can clearly see where I want the team to go and where I want things to be with AmaZulu.

“And I know for a fact where we can be and it takes time to lead the project where we want it to be, there are a lot of factors that are in place when you arrive.

“Some are changeable and some are not, but I can tell you I’m very happy with what I have.”

Usuthu, who were evicted in the first round of the Ke Yona Cup last year by Pirates, had their best showing in this cup in 2010 when they lost to Bidvest Wits in the final.

For Tornado, their best showing was reaching the Last-16 in 2005, with SuperSport United hammering them 8-0 then. They also lost 4-0 to Pirates in 2015 and 1-0 to Kaizer Chiefs in the 2019 edition. 

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.