Brandon Truter was announced as the interim coach of AmaZulu on Sunday. Photo: Twitter

PICTURE: Truter arrives at AmaZulu to begin ‘dream job’

AmaZulu have welcomed interim head coach Brandon Truter to the club as he officially takes over from Benni McCarthy.


Brandon Truter was announced as the interim coach of AmaZulu on Sunday. Photo: Twitter

Truter has been confirmed as AmaZulu’s new head coach on an interim basis after McCarthy was let go on Friday. Truter, who has been out of job since he parted ways with Swallows in November, has taken over with immediate effect.

Having previously coached in KwaZulu-Natal with both Royal Eagles and Richards Bay, Truter said he couldn’t wait to get started at AmaZulu.

“Well Durban, KZN as well, I’ve always loved the place having worked there previously for Royal Eagles, for Richards Bay as well, so I’m very familiar with KZN, I’m very familiar with Durban, and absolutely love it,” Truter told the club’s media department.

“Friendly people, nice environment as well, but for me being part of the AmaZulu brand, it’s just a dream come true to put it that way.

“Having monitored the club when they were in the dark days, let’s put it that way, but also I’m happy that what they achieved last season, they showed that they were a sleeping giant, and now they’ve just proven to South Africa that they can compete with the best.

“And and I’m happy to be here, I’m happy, I’m obviously over the moon and grateful to have the opportunity given to me by by the President and the board to coach at AmaZulu.”

The arrival of Truter was confirmed over the weekend.

“AmaZulu FC is pleased to announce the appointment of Brandon Truter as interim head coach with immediate effect until the end of the current 2021/2022 season,” a club statement read.

“We look forward to competing in the league for the remaining seven games. The search for the head coach to lead the team beyond this season has commenced and should be finalised before the end of April.”

Upon reflection, Benni McCarthy arrived at AmaZulu when the KwaZulu-Natal side were in the depths of despair down in 13th place in the standings, just above the relegation zone.


He weaved his magic and Usuthu finished second in the 2020/21 DStv Premiership – something FAR bigger sides have failed to do in several seasons (if not ever).

They qualified for their first ever CAF Champions League and at the time of publishing are still in with a mathematical chance of reaching the quarter-finals.


A look at the current DStv Premiership log shows that AmaZulu are in ninth place with 29 points after 23 matches.

While they have only won five league matches this season, they have only lost four games – the joint-second fewest in the entire league!

However, AmaZulu president Sandile Zungu has sought to justify sacking McCarthy, and suggested the results just haven’t been good enough this season. You can see that video below, but first make sure you cast your vote in our poll to share your thoughts on whether you agree or disagree with the decision to sack McCarthy.

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As it stands, AmaZulu are dwindling down in ninth place in the DStv Premiership, having managed just five wins from 23 games, and the popular coach has now commented on the news.

“I would like to sincerely thank the players and the fans for their support since I’ve joined AmaZulu,” McCarthy said in a statement released by the club.

“I feel privileged to have been able to make history with this Club by taking them from the relegation zone to an unprecedented second-place position in the League last season.

“And then taking the Club into the group stages of the Champions League this year for the first time, beating multiple CAF Champions League winners TP Mazembe along the way.

“I wish the Club all the best going forward as they build on this success.”