‘Bring on killer instinct’

2013-04-20 00:00

AMAZULU take on Sundowns at Moses Mabhida stadium tomorrow and coach Craig Rosslee wants more of the character that they showed in the 1-0 win against Bloemfontein Celtic earlier in the week.

Said Rosslee, “That win was a massive psychological blow for Celtic. We scored in the 81st minute against a strong team, littered with international players. It showed commitment and character from my team.”

With defenders Marc van Heerden and Carlington Nyadombo still out with injuries and vital midfielder Khulegani Madondo on the sidelines, Rosslee said tomorrow’s clash was all about tactical patterns.

“Losing Madondo is a huge blow. He was man of the match against Pirates and without him, we have had to change the way we play. However, we have the depth to counter the problem.

“Since last Wednesday’s win against Celtic, the players involved have had a recovery period with light runs and training. We have worked on our patterns as we know Sundowns will be a tough nut to crack and are renowned as a side with great technical skills,” he said.

With four matches remaining in the season after tomorrow’s game — Free State Stars, Black Leopards, Wits and Chippa — Rosslee hopes to finish strongly and have his injured players back on the field. Said the coach, “We don’t want to rush injured players back onto the field as it could result in a long term breakdown which hampers a player’s career. The injured players are being managed well and we do not want to take any risks.”

Tomorrow’s match sees new assistant coach Zimbabwean Wilfred Mugeyi alongside Rosslee once again, the pair having worked together at Ajax Cape Town. Mugeyi was at the Celtic encounter but watched as a spectator. He is happy to be at AmaZulu, saying, “I never thought twice when I got the call and was offered the position. I feel honoured to be part of the AmaZulu family and have a great relationship with Craig. We have the same ideas and philosophy about the game and for the team.”

Mugeyi, one of Chippa United’s fired coaches, has done some work with team in the past week and gave some thoughts on what he had seen.

“There is a massive need for a natural goal scorer. We also need a central defender, right back and a player to dominate midfield. That’s something to look at ahead of next season but, from what I have seen, the squad looks good and is playing well. If we play like we did in the second half against Celtic, we will finish the season strongly,” he said.

Rosslee hopes to see a new killer instinct come to the fore tomorrow afternoon. “We never had that until the game against Swallows. We dominated, went ahead and let them equalise. We believed we could win and the last 15 minutes we hit them hard, scoring the winning goal. We realise we can finish strongly and score goals at vital times in matches, demoralising our opponents. Teams are now respecting us as they know we can play and do not lie down,” he said.

Tomorrow’s match kicks off

at 3 pm.

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