Good luck, home boys

2014-10-21 00:00

MARITZBURG United coach Steve Komphela is hopeful that his KwaZulu-Natal neighbours AmaZulu can turn things around this season.

Usuthu remain bottom of the PSL log after going eight games without a win. Their latest disappointment was a 1-0 loss at home to newly promoted Chippa United on Saturday night.

While there was more head scratching in Durban, there was further reason to celebrate up the N3 as Maritzburg crafted a 3-1 win over Platinum Stars to remain unbeaten at home. “As a KZN patriot you would say that they [AmaZulu] are our home boys and you would want to see them do better,” said Komphela. “We lost [Golden] Arrows last season and we wouldn’t want to lose another team.

“When they are not playing us one hopes that they get a result but when they are playing us I would wish us to get the result.”

Komphela added that Usuthu caretaker coach Wilfred Mugeyi had enough at his disposal to be able to rectify what has been a poor start to the season. “We hope that they will turn the corner,” said Komphela. “They have enough quality players. I think that all they need is to steady the ship and focus, don’t be distracted. They can definitely get the results.”

Speaking after his side’s loss in his first game as official caretaker coach, Mugeyi was once again very frank. “It was a tough game that we started well, we put them [Chippa] under pressure in the first 15 minutes,” he said. “I think if we had scored our first chance with Bornwell Mwape hitting the post we could have changed the game completely.”

Mugeyi also bemoaned the unavailability of left back Marc van Heerden (injury) and centre back Carlington Nyadombo (suspension) from his starting line-up against Chippa.

“It was very clear, their strikers gave us a lot of problems,” he said. “We didn’t have the muscle at the back so if I had even one of those defenders available it could have helped.”

Turning his attention to tomorrow night’s trip to Free State Stars, Mugeyi was expecting to have Nyadombo back while defenders Van Heerden and Larry Horaeb were still ruled out.

“It is not the situation that you want to be in, especially when you are fighting for survival,” said Mugeyi of his defensive crisis. “But I have to do with what I have.”

AmaZulu kick off at 6 pm at Charles Mopeli Stadium tomorrow while Maritzburg start at 7.30 pm against SuperSport United.

PSL fixtures

Tonight

Black Aces v Orlando Pirates

Tomorrow

Free State Stars v AmaZulu

Kaizer Chiefs v Moroka Swallows

University of Pretoria v Bloem Celtic

Ajax Cape Town v Platinum Stars

SuperSport United v Maritzburg Utd

Wits v Polokwane City

Chippa United v Mamelodi Sundowns.

Log:

P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Chiefs 8 8 0 0 12 2 10 24

Pirates 8 4 2 2 12 6 6 14

Wits 8 4 2 2 9 5 4 14

Sundowns 8 4 2 2 9 5 4 14

Ajax 8 4 2 2 9 6 3 14

Chippa 8 4 1 3 8 7 1 13

SuperSport 8 4 0 4 13 9 4 12

Maritzburg 8 3 3 2 10 6 4 12

Aces 8 3 3 2 8 8 0 12

FS Stars 8 3 1 4 10 11 -1 10

Celtic 8 2 3 3 10 9 1 9

Swallows 8 3 0 5 11 17 -6 9

Platinum 8 2 2 4 6 11 -5 8

Tuks 8 1 3 4 4 9 -5 6

Polokwane 8 1 1 6 8 20 -12 4

AmaZulu 8 0 3 5 4 12 -8 3

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