Rosslee hopes AmaZulu supporters get something to cheer about against Swallows

2013-09-12 00:00

IT’S been an absurd start to the PSL season for AmaZulu.

Wins away against Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town have come either side of a home defeat to Mpumalanga Black Aces, and nothing has gone according to script for coach Craig Rosslee.

Usuthu were underdogs before their two victories, and overwhelming favourites before the Aces game, and just how this Saturday’s clash against Moroka Swallows at Moses Mabhida Stadium will pan out is anyone’s call.

Though the league is still in its infant stages, Saturday’s clash is one that will have an impact on the top of the table. Swallows, after two wins and a draw so far, are in third place on the log while AmaZulu are a point behind in fourth.

But more important to Rosslee than league position right now is producing a solid performance in front of the Durban faithful.

“Over the last five years the league has balanced out so much and there are some really good teams that can threaten up the top of the table,” Rosslee told The Witness after yesterday’s People’s Park training session.

“But the fact of the matter is that this is our home game.

“We all know that the supporters weren’t happy with our last home performance [against Aces] and we want to put in a good showing for everyone.”

With Swallows having beaten Aces 3-2 at home in their last outing, Rosslee is all too aware that he is up against tough opposition this weekend.

“Swallows have got a lot of experienced players in there squad, a lot of the same players that we have seen before,” said the coach.

“We know that they play on the counter attack and we are okay with that, because it might suit our game in that we are looking to control things.”

Rosslee also made special mention of Swallows’ strike force that is likely to see experienced Bafana Bafana veteran Siyabonga Nomvethe paired with on-loan Mamelodi Sundowns finisher Edward Manqele.

Things are looking better for Rosslee on the selection front, with all of his players — foreign and local — now registered. Only the Namibian international midfield duo of Pineas Jacob and Sadney Urikhob are out injured while there is a return to fitness of central defender Msekeli Mvalo.

Turning his attention to his own strike force, Rosslee acknowledged that he had options at his disposal and that the formation he chose would determine whether or not he would be able to field two strikers on Saturday night.

Bongani Ndulula is at the top of Rosslee’s pecking order right now if the coach adopts the same formation as he did against Ajax where the focus is on using his wide men. But should Rosslee get desperate, he will have Sthembiso Ngcobo and Ayanda Dlamini desperate to come on and prove their worth.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 6 pm and will be televised on SuperSport Four.

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