Usuthu full of confidence for clash against Chiefs

2013-12-21 00:00

TWO of KwaZulu-Natal’s three PSL clubs are not in a good way, but Ama­Zulu are flying high and full of confidence going into tomorrow’s clash against champions Kaizer Chiefs at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Usuthu sit fifth on the table, and with tomorrow being their last fixture of 2013, Craig Rosslee has every reason to be in a celebratory mood half-way through the campaign.

“Everyone is in a cheerful mood at the moment,” said a high-spirited Rosslee at yesterday’s Mabhida press conference. “We want to finish the season on a high, and we are out for three points against Chiefs.”

AmaZulu have emerged as the top club in KZN this season, with Golden Arrows rooted to the foot of the table, while Maritzburg United haven’t fared much better.

“To be fair, Maritzburg and Arrows have been depleted this year with not a lot of resources. They have lost some of their best players to other clubs,” said Rosslee. “We are in the transfer market, looking to buy and strengthen our squad. I feel for them [Arrows and United], but we need to focus on our own aim of keeping up with the leaders.”

Rosslee added that although he was delighted with his side’s performance so far, he felt AmaZulu could be even further up the log.

Turning his attention to tomorrow, the Usuthu mentor said he knew what to expect from Chiefs.

“We know that they like to play a counter-attacking game, and they are very dangerous when doing that,” he said. “We need to keep the ball, use it well and show good energy when we do not have the ball.”

The same fixture last season saw the Soweto giants trounce Usuthu 6-0, but Rosslee isn’t paying much attention to that. “History won’t count for anything come Sunday [tomorrow]. We have the opportunity to create our own history,” he said. “It’s nice to look at facts, figures and stats but in the end they count for nothing on the day.”

AmaZulu were yesterday still waiting to hear news on left back Marc van Heerden, who was to undergo a late fitness test as he recovers from a hamstring strain, while Carlington Nyadombo looks set to return after recovering from an illness.

Usuthu confirmed that they are expecting around 30 000 spectators, and that gates would open at 12 pm for the 3 pm kick-off. Those attending are encouraged to get there early to avoid congestion.


Today: Free State Stars v Moroka Swallows, Polokwane City v SuperSport United, Ajax Cape Town v Platinum Stars, Wits v Bloem Celtic

Tomorrow: AmaZulu v Kaizer Chiefs, University of Pretoria v Black Aces, Orlando Pirates v Golden Arrows.

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