Usuthu go all out for points

2013-04-05 00:00

AMAZULU skipper and goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini believes the mentality of his team, coupled with the passion of young coach Craig Rosslee, is why the side remains undefeated in seven successive PSL matches.

After a shocking start to the season, where the club’s 80th anniversary celebrations saw them firmly entrenched at the foot of the table, recent form has been encouraging, with every point worth fighting for.

After their last PSL outing against Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida stadium on Wednesday, which ended 1-1, Kapini praised the players for playing the full 90 minutes, scrapping for every advantage until the final whistle in extra time.

Said Kapini: “We nearly stole it at the end and it was only the fingertips of Pirates keeper Senzo Meyiwa that prevented us getting all three points.

“After our bad start to the season, the players have shaken themselves off and realised what needs to be done. This is serious business and with the coach pushing us hard in training, every point is worth fighting for. If we can’t win, then a draw and a point is what we must achieve and we have started doing that.”

Although the draw with Pirates saw AmaZulu drop one spot to 13th on the PSL standings, they are above the relegation zone and have a five-point advantage over Black Leopards.

“We could not score goals early in the season and the ball would not bounce our way. We trained well, prepared well, but the results told a different story. Now we know we can score goals and … however many minutes the game allows, go all out to get a result,” said Kapini.

AmaZulu’s goal for the rest of the season is to avoid relegation and maintain their status as a respected PSL side.

Said Kapini: “We want to keep the current momentum going and get as many points as possible in our remaining matches. It’s a case of one game at a time and next season, with fresh minds, we will see where we want to be.”

Next up for AmaZulu are Tuks in Pretoria, tomorrow at 6 pm, where the Durban outfit will look for a repeat of the 1-0 result when the sides met in Durban in November last year. Tuks are 10th on the log with 28 points, three ahead of AmaZulu.

“It’s a big game away from home and Tuks have held their own in their debut season in the league. For us, it will be the same formula of playing hard until the final whistle and not being satisfied with second best,” said Kapini.

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