Desperate for their first win

2014-09-26 00:00

IN tonight’s only PSL match, AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee will be absolutely desperate for his first win of the season as Usuthu face a tricky trip to Bidvest Stadium for a date with Wits.

AmaZulu are the only PSL side yet to record a victory after six rounds of fixtures, and tonight’s will be their fifth away match of the league season in seven outings.

The scheduling hasn’t helped Rosslee’s cause, but time is ticking as pressure on the coach mounts. In what now seems ridiculous fashion, the Usuthu board gave Rosslee a mandate of a top-four finish in the league at the beginning of the season. That is now almost certainly out of the question, and Rosslee must first look to get his side off the bottom of the table.

The football hasn’t been all bad from AmaZulu. It was at its worst on August 27, with a 2-0 home defeat to Ernst Middendorp’s Bloemfontein Celtic. On that day, there was no cohesion and no ability to keep possession for extended periods — AmaZulu were simply outclassed. But in their 1-1 draw at Orlando Pirates the week before that, AmaZulu looked a side capable of exchanging punches with the best in the country, and they left that match unlucky not to have bagged all three points.

With two weeks since they were last in league action, Usuthu have had a chance to regroup and tonight’s clash is an opportunity to start afresh.

The seriousness of the club’s log position is highlighted by midfielder Kulegani Madondo’s stance on tonight’s match.

“We are going to fight for everything because we know the situation we are in and everyone is prepared to put in a shift to change that situation,” Madondo said.

The former Maritzburg United anchor man was one of Usuthu’s star players last season, but he has made a slow start to this campaign in terms of form. But this week, Madondo expressed his faith in his own ability and, more importantly, his faith in Rosslee.

“Individually, I don’t think that I’ve been doing too badly,” said Madondo. “I know that the coach knows what he is doing. Whoever he plays in the middle is who he wants and the tactics he wants to use. It doesn’t stop me from working hard if I am not playing. I must just keep giving my best.”

But Madondo is too good a player not to play, and he will likely stand alongside John Aruwah in AmaZulu’s midfield tonight.

Wits, meanwhile, have started the season strongly and are fourth on the log. With motivation to win the PSL this season well documented, coach Gavin Hunt cannot afford to slip up against the worst performing side in the league so far. Having won three league titles at SuperSport United, Hunt knows what it takes to win, and he doesn’t have time to concern himself with Rosslee’s future.

“At the end of the day, we have a job to do,” Hunt said.

“I don’t enjoy seeing other coaches struggle, but it’s like any other game and we have to look after ourselves and play to win.”

Tonight’s match kicks off at 8 pm and will be televised on SuperSport Four.

PSL FIXTURES

Tonight

8 pm — Bidvest Wits vs AmaZulu.

Tomorrow

3 pm — Free State Stars vs Moroka Swallows, Black Aces vs Ajax Cape Town, Chippa United vs Orlando Pirates.

8.15 pm — Kaizer Chiefs vs Maritzburg Utd, SuperSport United vs Bloem Celtic.

Sunday

3 pm — Platinum Stars vs University of Pretoria, Polokwane City vs Mamelodi Sundowns.

P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Chiefs 6 6 0 0 10 2 8 18

Ajax 6 4 2 0 9 4 5 14

Pirates 6 3 2 1 11 5 6 11

Wits 6 3 1 2 7 5 2 10

Sundowns 6 3 1 2 6 5 1 10

Maritzburg 6 2 3 1 7 4 3 9

Swallows 6 3 0 3 7 11 -4 9

FS Stars 6 2 1 3 7 8 -1 7

Chippa 6 2 1 3 6 7 -1 7

Platinum 6 2 1 3 5 8 -3 7

Celtic 6 1 3 2 5 5 0 6

SuperSport 6 2 0 4 7 9 -2 6

Aces 6 1 3 2 4 6 -2 6

Tuks 6 1 2 3 4 6 -2 5

Polokwane 6 1 1 4 7 12 -5 4

AmaZulu 6 0 3 3 4 9 -5 3

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