AmaZulu desperate for a taste of victory

2013-11-21 00:00

YOU’D have to go back to September 14 to find the last time that AmaZulu won a PSL match — a 1-0 win at home against Moroka Swallows in a match that took place seven rounds of fixtures ago.

At that time, all was rosy for Usuthu coach Craig Rosslee. His side was being spoken of in the highest regard amongst critics around the country.

However, six winless matches later, and AmaZulu find themselves stagnant in mid-table and desperate to get back to winning ways when they travel to Goble Park for a date with Free State Stars on Sunday.

“People forget where we were. Less than a year ago we were at the bottom of the log fighting relegation,” the coach told media at Moses Mabhida Stadium yesterday.

“Then we started this season really well and everybody was talking about us winning the league. I don’t think there is any country in the world where a team that fights relegation is tipped to win the league the next season.”

AmaZulu are currently six points clear of any relegation worries in what is, once again, shaping up to be a congested PSL log.

The coach has taken heart from his side’s last two outings — 1-1 draws at home to Celtic and away to Polokwane City — and says that preparations over a league break that is nearing two weeks have gone well.

“The preparations have gone well, but like I have explained to the players, we can discuss and train but unless we do it on the field it doesn’t matter,” said Rosslee.

“We are better than what the score lines have been suggesting right now,” he said.

These sentiments were echoed by striker Ayanda Dlamini, who scored in the draw at Polokwane earlier this month.

“It is good that we are creating chances and we need to keep working on our finishing,” he said, before explaining how difficult an encounter Sunday’s would be.

“They [Stars] are a hard-working team and the conditions there [Goble Park] are always difficult.”

Dlamini confirmed that although it was difficult to say exactly where AmaZulu’s season had begun its decline, he had an idea.

“It’s hard to pinpoint one thing,” he said. “The Sundowns game [where AmaZulu lost 7-1 on October 22] was a disaster. We started the season very well, and now hopefully we can go back to where we were then.”

Sunday’s match kicks off at 3.30 pm and, according to the PSL website, will be shown on SABC1.

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