Usuthu pray for a miracle

2014-11-21 00:00

WHAT’S done is done. That will be AmaZulu’s attitude as they head into the middle stages of the PSL season with a trip to Platinum Stars at Royal Bafo­keng Stadium tomorrow.

The first 10 rounds of fixtures have seen Usuthu amass just four points from a possible 30. They are without a win and are rooted to the bottom of the table. Even victory against 15th- placed Stars tomorrow will not change AmaZulu’s log position, indicative of how far behind the rest of the pack they have fallen.

The situation could hardly be worse, but there was a notice­able sense of optimism in the Usuthu camp at their People’s Park training complex yesterday.

Coach Wilfred Mugeyi’s time may well be running out and his plight has not been aided by injuries to some of his key players.

Marc van Heerden, John ­Aruwah, Ayanda Dlamini and Larry Horaeb are all unavailable for tomorrow’s clash, while Nhlanhla Shabalala is also doubtful after picking up a groin strain. Mugeyi was also unsure over the availability of his main man, Bafana Bafana striker Bongani Ndulula, who was forced to pull out of Wednesday night’s Afcon qualifier against Nigeria with the ’flu.

“I am happy he didn’t play that game so he could save some of his energy for us,” Mugeyi said wryly.

“We will have to wait for him to come back to us before we make an assessment.”

After a two-week international break, the squad have had an opportunity to reassess and ­captain Carlington Nyadombo believes they have a fantastic ­opportunity to return from ­Rustenburg with their first win of the campaign.

“Everything has been going well and we are ready to fight for three points,” he told The Witness yesterday.

“Most of the time we do well against Stars. This is a chance for us to boost our confidence moving forward.”

Stars have booked their spot in next weekend’s Telkom Knockout final against SuperSport United, but their league form has been unimpressive. They are just four points ahead of Usuthu and tomorrow’s fixture has taken the shape of a relegation battle, despite it being so early in the season.

Turning his attention to where Usuthu have gone wrong so far, Nyadombo was frank.

“We have had a lack of concentration; we were conceding silly goals,” he said.

“At training we have been trying to reduce mistakes, keep it simple and keep the ball moving. The break has been good for us.”

Tomorrow’s match kicks off at 6 pm and will not be televised.

PSL LOG

P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Chiefs 10 9 1 0 15 4 11 28

United 10 5 2 3 11 9 2 17

Ajax 10 5 2 3 11 10 1 17

Maritzburg 10 4 4 2 14 7 7 16

Sundowns 10 4 4 2 10 6 4 16

Aces 10 4 4 2 10 9 1 16

SuperSport 10 5 0 5 15 13 2 15

Pirates 9 4 2 3 13 8 5 14

Wits 10 4 2 4 10 9 1 14

Celtic 10 3 4 3 12 10 2 13

FS Stars 10 3 2 5 12 16 -4 11

Polokwane 10 3 1 6 15 22 -7 10

Swallows 10 3 1 6 12 19 -7 10

Tuks 10 2 3 5 8 11 -3 9

Platinum 9 2 2 5 7 13 -6 8

AmaZulu 10 0 4 6 5 14 -9 4

FIXTURES

Tomorrow

3.30 pm: Kaizer Chiefs v Mamelodi Sundowns, Black Aces v Polokwane City

6 pm: Moroka Swallows v Tuks, Platinum Stars v AmaZulu

8.15 pm: Ajax Cape Town v Maritzburg Utd, Wits v FS Stars

Sunday

3.30 pm: SuperSport United v Orlando Pirates, Bloem Celtic v Chippa United.

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