Home games vitally important for AmaZulu as season winds down

2013-04-16 00:00

WITH six PSL matches remaining this season, AmaZulu’s four home games are vitally important if the Usuthu are to remain clear of the relegation zone.

Speaking in Durban yesterday after a training session ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Bloemfontein Celtic at Moses Mabhida stadium, AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee made it clear what he wanted from his players.

“It’s simple arithmetic. Four home games, full points, nothing less,” he said.

After a seven-match unbeaten streak, AmaZulu came crashing to earth with a 3-1 away defeat at Tuks in their last game. Rosslee said: “The team was tired heading into that game and it took its toll. Tough matches against Ajax Cape Town [0-0] and Pirates [1-1] saw us unable to deal with Mame Niang up front and he proved to be a handful. We were always second to the ball and failed to deal with him.”

AmaZulu’s opponents have enjoyed a revitalised second half of the PSL campaign, lifting themselves from the bottom end of the table to currently sit 10th.

“Bloemfontein Celtic have a lot of strength and depth in their squad and have found a gameplan that has worked for them. We are aware of that and will choose our starting line up to deal with their strengths while focusing on playing to ours. We need to be more attacking and we cannot earn full points without scoring goals,” said Rosslee.

As for the AmaZulu squad, defenders Carlington Nyadombo and Marc van Heerden are still on the injury list and should be back from next week. Otherwise, Rosslee is set to put out a 100% fit and healthy team.

“There are some players with mild colds and the usual things that happen when seasons change, but otherwise we are strong. It’s time for the players to stand up and be counted. Our defenders on the pitch must man up and take on what comes their way.

“We cannot afford to back off against Celtic. They are physical, and hustle and bustle for everything. Time is short as far as the season goes and we cannot have any regrets when looking back at what could have been. We must live for the moment, make the right decisions and execute well,” said the coach.

AmaZulu captain and goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini summed it up by saying, “What happened in Pretoria stays in Pretoria. We must look ahead and make full use of our home games. We are only fourth from bottom in the PSL standings and cannot afford to have relegation woes hanging over our heads.”

Tomorrow’s match kicks off at 7.30 pm.

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