Palmgren takes comfort from AmaZulu’s draw with Arrows

2012-09-13 00:00

ALTHOUGH it’s nothing to write home about, AmaZulu’s 0-0 draw with fellow Durbanites Golden Arrows in the last round of PSL matches two weeks ago could be the tonic to kick-start the Usuthu’s season.

Coach Roger Palmgren was happy with the result following an opening 6-0 thrashing at Moses Mabhida by Kaizer Chiefs, followed a week later by a 2-0 defeat to Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium.

“While not a win, it was our first points of the season and our first clean sheet,” said the Swede.

However, it’s getting through 90 plus minutes of football week after week without finding the back of the net that raises concern.

On Saturday, another tough task beckons with SuperSport United lying in wait at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, and Palmgren knows his charges need to start scoring and compiling valuable league points.

Said Palmgren: “Injuries and delayed paperwork involving our foreign players have resulted in us being short of players before a match has started. The two-week break has allowed us to make up some ground, with most of the overseas players sorted out — except defender Bukasa Kasonga — and midfielder Nyiko Tshabangu joined by keeper Tapuwa Kapini on the injury list.”

But it’s up front where work needs to de done and that’s where Palmgren has been focusing on the training ground. “While we continually work on all aspects of the game, we are paying attention to trying to find the goals which have eluded us to date.

“In training, we have spent much time on our finishing, but against a side of SuperSport’s calibre, it’s going to take a monumental effort to break down a defence that is renowned for standing firm,” he said.

It’s another daunting task for the struggling Durban side, which seems to be digging deeper and deeper every week as the season unfolds.

“SuperSport is one of the stronger teams in the league and not an easy game. We can take heart that the last time we met in the league in Tswane, Ayanda Dlamini secured the points for us with the only goal. Anything can happen in football and hopefully the bounce of the ball will start favouring us after a difficult start to the season,” said Palmgren.

A win is all that matters, scoring a goal or two to boost the team’s confidence and restore the fans’ faith.

Palmgren is confident that his defence is more organised and that there is solidity in midfield. No doubt AmaZulu’s player of the month for August and man of the match against Arrows, midfield general Kagiso Senamela, will keep the troops in line as that elusive first win is sought. Recent three-year signings — midfielder Kulegani Madondo from Maritzburg United and wing Thokozani Mshengu from Wits — will also be keen to make an impression.

SuperSport are 10th in the standings, with three points from three games.

Palmgren was keen to observe that they too have battled to score this season — one goal for and one against — which leads to much speculation about a match where a genuine winner could be hard to predict.

Perhaps its best to be an observer, rather than a betting man.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 3pm.

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