AmaZulu coach keeps his cool

2011-08-24 00:00

LONG-SUFFERING AmaZulu supporters are already pressing the panic button following an uninspiring start to the Premiership season.

The Usuthu collected a point by holding Mamelodi Sundowns to a 0-0 draw in Pretoria a forthnight ago and lost at home to Free State Stars last week.

However, coach Manqoba Mngqithi tried hard to be his modest, cool self after yesterday’s training session in Durban ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash against SuperSport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Although Gavin Hunt’s side have shown signs of recovery in their 2-1 win over Lamontville Golden Arrows, Mngqithi pointed out that much as they looked a different side in that last week’s match, defensively they have shortcomings.

“I am not feeling pressure at all. It does not bother me if people question my capability as a coach,” Mngqithi said in reply to a question about how he’s coping after finishing badly in the last campaign and kicking off the new season on a low note.

As for his expectations of the SuperSport game, the former Arrows head coach said: “They pulled up a good team, not a traditional long ball-playing system. I thought their forwards were mobile and wing play offensive. But it is in defence where I feel we have to capitalise on because they have shortcomings.”

He said central defender Thamsanqa Sangweni, goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela and young sensation Donovan Thompson will sit out tonight’s match owing to an assortment of injuries.

Meanwhile, the Durban side decided against signing Orlando Pirates marksman Sphelele Mthembu owing to his troublesome hernia injury. Team manager James Dlamini said Mthembu, who was earlier linked with a move to Maritzburg United, will need three months to recuperate, which is an ideal situation for the team because they need a holding striker urgently.

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