AmaZulu FC head coach Romain Folz, has opened up after winning his first game since he touched down in South Africa. Usuthu handed ‘Fohloza’ his maiden win, when they downed Stellenbosch FC 1-0 in the DStv Premiership on Sunday afternoon.
It was Rally Bwalya’s first-half strike that proved to be a winner for the KwaZulu-Natal outfit, who have played five matches to date under Folz’s leadership. The Frenchman arrived at Marumo Gallants at the beginning of the season, guiding them to four draws and one defeat before he resigned.
He has finally won a game on his 10th attempt, including the MTN8 match with Kaizer Chiefs, where he held Amakhosi to a 0–0 draw. Speaking to the media after the game, Folz insisted that he wasn’t under the pressure of not winning, because he knew it was just a matter of time before he picked his first victory.
“It’s a well-deserved win, I think we had a good game that can be analysed to make it better,” he said.
“But I think it’s a good performance, especially on the tactical aspect and the work rate.
Asked if the win lifted off a little bit of pressure on him after not winning since he arrived in SA, Folz said, “It was just a matter of time, of course, the sooner the better.
“But I knew it was about to happen at some point for sure, so it’s today, I wouldn’t say it’s a relief in terms of pressure [but] it’s a relief in terms of it’s about time basically. So yes, I’m happy with that.”
Usuthu will now brace themselves for the upcoming MTN8 final, where they are set to square off with Orlando Pirates on Saturday. The Buccaneers recently lost to Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto derby, in what was a shock to many, considering their recent form.
The MTN8 final will be played in front of a sold-out crowd at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.