Akoriko: AmaZulu players are now confident under coach Mugeyi

The Togolese center-half could only make three appearances under former Usuthu mentor Craig Rosslee, and he will now hope to feature more regularly under Mugeyi's tutelage

AmaZulu defender Sadate Ouro-Akoriko says Usuthu players have regained their confidence under caretaker coach Wilfred Mugeyi.

“Now the focus is back on the league because we all know where we are in the league," said Ouro-Akoriko.

Under former Chippa United caretaker coach Mugeyi, Usuthu recently ended their two-match losing streak in the league, drawing 0-0 against Free State Stars at home.

This was followed by an inspired performance against reigning Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns in a Telkom KnockOut Cup clash, where Usuthu narrowly lost 2-1 in extra-time.

"We can’t play nine games and have four points. As players we’ve told ourselves that we have to work our hardest to change the situation," the 26-year-old towering defender added.

The bottom placed KwaZulu-Natal outfit will take on high-flying Mpumalanga Black Aces in their next league match on Saturday evening.

Former Free State Stars defender Ouro-Akoriko says they are confident of registering their first league victory, as Usuthu will be at home against AmaZayoni.

"We’re more confident now and like against Sundowns we showed character. At home we’ll be a lot more confident,” the Togo international concluded.