Usuthu arsenal boosted

2013-08-31 00:00

AMAZULU’S first two performances in the PSL couldn’t have gone more differently. A shock 1-0 win away to Orlando Pirates on August 8 was followed by a dismal display at home to Mpumalanga Black Aces on Tuesday night that saw Usuthu downed 2-1. Which AmaZulu side turns up at Cape Town Stadium tomorrow night remains to be seen.

The major problem for coach Craig Rosslee’s men against Aces was defence. An absence of structure from his players when they weren’t on the ball was not helped by the central midfield pairing of Kulegani Madondo and Letladi Madubanya. They failed to offer any protection to their back four throughout the first half. A series of failed clearances and panicky touches also meant that AmaZulu could have been three or four goals down by half time.

But there is good news for Rosslee with the return of captain and regular goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini as well as experienced centre back Carlington Nyadombo for tomorrow’s clash.

Nyadombo, who returns from suspension, has encouraged his team-mates to forget about impressing individually and to rather focus on playing as a team.

“Against Aces there was no communication, it was just a group of individuals trying to show what they can do,” the 27-year-old told Weekend Witness yesterday. “I think we need to focus more on working together on Sunday.”

Nyadombo will be expected to start tomorrow ahead of Willem Mwedihanga.

“I haven’t played a match since May so I have been waiting for this for a while,” said Nyadombo. “I just have so much energy at the moment and can’t wait to play. I’m glad the coach has shown faith in me to pick me straight back into the line-up.”

Durban’s other club, Golden Arrows, are still looking for their first victory of the campaign. They drew against Ajax in their season opener before going down 1-0 to Wits on Wednesday night. Manqoba Mngqithi’s men are back home at King Zwelithini Stadium this weekend. They will have their work cut out for them when they tackle what looks to be a strong Mamelodi Sundowns team this afternoon.

AmaZulu kick off tomorrow at 3 pm (SABC 1), while Arrows’ game today kicks off at 3 pm and will be televised on SuperSport Four.

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