Forget relegation, AmaZulu must deliver, says Rosslee ahead of Chippa clash

2013-05-17 00:00

AMAZULU coach Craig Rosslee is not a man to mince his words.

He knows what he wants and he expects his players to deliver. It’s a simple formula and it’s one he is applying for tomorrow’s final PSL clash of the season when his charges meet struggling Chippa United at Moses Mabhida Stadium in a 3 pm kick-off.

Speaking in Durban after putting the team through a training session, Rosslee expressed his wish in ending the season on a winning note.

“Chippa are in a fight to survive. They will take the game to us, but it is three points on offer for us which we have to take,” he said.

“We are not concerned about the relegation battles in the league as we have maintained our status in the league and see this as another game and opportunity to take the points.”

AmaZulu’s last outing was a 3-1 loss to Wits.

“I had my own team’s concerns during the game regarding the way we played and the approach to the match. The players need to realise there is an understanding and ethos in the way I want to play, thereby bringing professionalism to the club,” said Rosslee.

“This is professional sport and the players must produce the goods 100%, not only when they think the situation demands it.”

Having taken charge of the club after Roger Palmgren was sacked six months ago, Rosslee said his first mission — ensuring PSL league status — had been achieved, but there was more to be done.

“My most important task was to ensure we earned enough points to avoid any relegation tussles. That has been done and it’s a case of being more consistent every week,” he said.

“To be a champion side, it’s about performing at the highest level all the time, not just for cup matches or against strong opposition. It’s a problem in South African soccer that teams cannot maintain such a level.”

Facing Chippa in Durban had its plusses for Rosslee, who added: “We have a good home record and have not lost at home since November last year. That’s a positive and we must work at that, turning Moses Mabhida stadium into our fortress.

“We are approaching this clash in a businesslike fashion and I expect the highest standard to be delivered by the players.”

On the injury front, midfielder Ramson Zhuwawo is out with a broken hand suffered against Wits and defender Marc Van Heerden’s groin tear has not healed completely. However, Rosslee was happy to welcome back defender Carlington Nyadombo and midfielder Khulegani Madondo. Rosslee is hoping Bongani Ndulula, who has found the ability to score goals in the last few matches, continues his run of form.

Looking ahead to next season, Rosslee said: “I am here for a purpose … to build AmaZulu into a strong, respected club able to contend for championship honours.”

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