AmaZulu can still surprise against Chiefs — Mngqithi

2011-05-20 00:00

AMAZULU coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes his charges have what it takes to come up with a surprise tomorrow afternoon when they meet title-chasing Kaizer Chiefs at the Moses Mabhida stadium in the last PSL game of the season.

The soft-spoken mentor only reunited with his team yesterday after attending a Caf coaching course in Gauteng and immediately expressed satisfaction at how his boys have been shaping up for the match.

“Since returning to the team, the reports that I gathered yesterday showed the team is equally capable of getting a good result against Chiefs, whom I expect to come at us given what is at stake for them,” Mngqithi.

His team is suspension-free, bar an injury concern over leftback, Marc van Heerden.

“I expect an exciting match which will result in many beautiful goals being scored,” Mngqithi said.

Even if Chiefs fail to snatch the League title under the noses of pacesetters Ajax Cape Town and second-placed Orlando Pirates, they at least have something to show for this season, while the Usuthu will be left treasuring individual achievement amidst the team’s dismal league and cup run to date.

Mngqithi believes there are lots of positives to take out going into the next campaign. The former school teacher pointed to many broken records against teams that AmaZulu previously failed to earn something from, having a player in Lehlohonolo Major amongst contestants for the Golden Boot Award and representation in almost all national teams but the U/17s.

“I would say it has been a season of ups and downs for us, owing to many unnecessary draws against teams we should have easily beaten.

“I believe that I have laid a good foundation. The team is on an upward spiral considering the positives we take out from this season.

“We are proud to have a player (Majoro) who in his maiden season is amongst contestants for the top goal scorer award.”

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