AmaZulu hope to maintain good start

2013-09-14 00:00

THE fragmented 2013/14 PSL season returns this weekend after an international break that saw more disappointment inflicted on Bafana Bafana.

The breaks have been good for the sides in the league that have had injury concerns, but for many of the clubs the stop-start nature of the season has taken away any chance to build up momentum.

For AmaZulu, the breaks have allowed time to get foreign players registered and, more importantly, allowed more time on the training field to get their 15 new signings this season on the same page.

It has been a promising start to the league for Usuthu, who have beaten Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town away from home, although they suffered a shock loss to the newly promoted Mpumalanga Black Aces in Durban.

On six points from three games, tonight’s match against Moroka Swallows at Moses Mabhida Stadium presents coach Craig Rosslee with an ideal opportunity to stamp his authority on AmaZulu’s tentative suggestions that they would be pushing for a top four finish this season.

If they are to come anywhere close to achieving that aim, then they will need a lot of goals. It’s a good thing, then, that Rosslee now has three seasoned strikers at his disposal in Bongani Ndulula, Sthembiso Ngcobo and old favourite Ayanda Dlamini.

Ndulula appears to be first choice in Rosslee’s eyes at the moment, with the coach having said before the season started that he expected the former Orlando Pirates man to score every time he was on the field.

“I am feeling okay and the start to the season has been a good one for me,” said Ndulula, whose only goal this season was the winner against Pirates in the first round of fixtures. “I wouldn’t say that I am happy, but things will get better with each game that passes.”

The striker added that he had complete confidence in the side’s ability to create scoring chances for him.

“There are always a lot of chances. Every game this season there have been chances and it is up to me to convert them,” said Ndulula, who also scored in AmaZulu’s pre-season win over tourists Manchester City. “The team are playing well and if we keep doing that, then the goals will come.”

Ndulula said he expected a tough game from Swallows tonight, but that the home support would carry Usuthu over the line.

Elsewhere in Durban, Golden Arrows will be looking to register their first win of the season when they travel to Polokwane City tomorrow afternoon. City are currently bottom of the log after recording three straight losses, while Arrows have registered a solitary point in their three outings.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.