How have the new signings improved the squad?

We made a lot of new signings and what we tried to do is sign players that are going to seriously challenge for a starting position. We don’t want guys that are content with sitting on the bench and we are hoping these players can bring something new to the team. I believe that the squad is better than what it was last season and now we have to prove that.

AmaTuks have proven to be successful before by finishing in the top eight. What is your aim for this season?

It has become a target for every club to finish in the top eight positions. For me, this season it’s going to be a scramble for the spots behind the top five or six clubs and it would be a big achievement for us. But in saying that, I rather take it one game at a time and [I] will wait [until] later in the season to set a more realistic target.

What would it mean to the club to have another cup run like they did back in 2009?

The cup is always a bonus. The league is your bread and butter and the cup is a bit of a release [from] the weekly pressures. I think that it is about time now, though. We haven’t had a cup run since reaching the Nedbank Cup final and hopefully this year we can achieve that.

AmaTuks lost to Golden Arrows on the opening day of the season. How do you move on from there?

We had an analysis meeting the next day to iron out a few things where we didn’t accomplish what we wanted to, but at the end of the day you have to learn from the lesson. It was a good opportunity to get a win under our belt and we didn’t take it. The response has to be professional and we [have] move on from there.

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