‘Massive game’: Aggression is the key for Zmazulu against Chiefs, says Coach Palmgren

2012-08-09 00:00

AMAZULU kick off their PSL season with a clash against Kaizer Chiefs at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday at 6 pm.

After a disappointing 2-0 loss to Moroka Swallows in the quarter-finals of the MTN

Top 8 at Dobsonville last Sunday, Usuthu are keen to bounce back on home turf against an Amakhosi side still licking their wounds after a 4-1 drubbing by Mamelodi Sundowns in the same competition.

Coach Roger Palmgren is under no illusions where it all went wrong and what needs to be worked on this weekend.

“Aggression,” he said. “That is the key. I felt we could have won the game by being more aggressive on attack and in defence. We were neither and let matters slip which ultimately cost us the game.”

While disappointed with the result, Palmgren is a hard man, putting the result behind him and looking ahead. He is determined to start the league well, obviously with a win, but he knows Chiefs will have a point to prove, even if they are away from home.

“No doubt Chiefs are a strong team and will want to get back on track after a rather heavy defeat last weekend.

“They have a number of national players and cannot be taken lightly. However, we have seen their mistakes and identified areas where we can make our mark. It’s a massive game first up, for us and our supporters,” he said.

Training on the outfields at Moses Mabhida in teeming rain on a chilly Durban morning yesterday, the players looked relaxed and were working well together.

Palmgren said: “The players know the magnitude of this match and are determined to produce the goods, for the team and the fans.

“They have trained well and we have all the ingredients to step up a level and take on Chiefs. We can mix it with the best on our day.”

Injuries to Marc van Heerden (ankle), Stanley Kgatla (thigh) and Carlington Nyadombo (twisted foot) are concerns for Palmgren, but as he said: “Nothing hurts me right now. Perhaps after the game maybe, but that’s on Saturday.”

Liberian midfielder Dulee Johnson and former Zimbabwean U20 striker Mkhokheli Dube are still sorting out residency papers and will not be available for the game.

AmaZulu skipper Tapuwa Kapini said it was up to the players to change their mindset after Sunday’s loss and pick themselves up, for Durban and their supporters. “We must fight for everything against Chiefs. They are going to come hard at us and we must be strong and take them on, working as a team.

“While our supporters are upset after last weekend’s result, this is when we need them most … to lift us and our performance,” he said.

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