AmaZulu wary of wounded Leopards

2013-04-30 00:00

AMAZULU will settle for nothing less than three points in tomorrow’s PSL clash against Black Leopards at Princess Magogo stadium in KwaMashu.

With three matches remaining in the PSL this season for the Usuthu — Black Leopards, Wits and Chippa United — a haul of six points from the possible nine on offer would see the club comfortably out the relegation zone and allow for more focus on next season. AmaZulu are currently 12th on the log with 29 points and face a Leopards side one point off the bottom with 23 points and a game in hand.

“We have no choice but to go for the result and get the three points. We need to take our chances and impose ourselves on the game from the outset,” said AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee. “Leopards are a wounded side after their defeat to Tuks and they will come hard at us, just as determined as we are to take the points home.”

Rosslee’s men enjoyed a recovery training session on the Moses Mabhida outfields yesterday morning still contemplating what could have been in the 1-2 loss to Free State Stars at the weekend.

“We could have and should have come away with the points against Stars. We were denied a penalty and having those extra points would have made a huge difference going into our final games,” said Rosslee. “We cannot change what’s done and need to focus on what we need to achieve. The last thing we want is to go into our final match against Chippa under massive pressure and uncertain of our PSL status.”

The coach admitted that injuries to key players Carlington Nyadombo, Marc van Heerden and Chillies Madondo, who had all delivered man-of-the-match performances before being sidelined, had been a blow for the side.

“Nyadombo had resumed training and then picked up a tear in his leg during a reserve team game and Van Heerden is making progress, having his first full training session yesterday,” said Rosslee. “Madondo has recovered from a virus and is available for tomorrow’s game.”

Van Heerden looked bouncy and mobile at training and was itching to get back on the park.

“A torn groin is not something that heals easily. I feel okay after training, but the groin is still a bit weak,” he said. “The original forecast was being out for up to six weeks and I am in week five. I feel I am available for tomorrow’s game, but that’s the coach’s call.”

Tomorrow’s match kicks off at 7.30 pm.

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