Usuthu miss chance for first win

2014-10-31 00:00

WHEN it rains, it pours. It has been a woeful start to the season for AmaZulu, and it got worse for them yesterday with the news that this weekend’s PSL fixtures have been postponed.

Usuthu were due to host Mpumalanga Black Aces at Princess Magogo Stadium tomorrow night — a match that caretaker coach Wilfred Mugeyi would have viewed as a fantastic opportunity for the club to register their first league win of the season. But, with that match now postponed until a later date, AmaZulu are next in action on Wednesday night, when they host the undefeated log leaders Kaizer Chiefs at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

That is a fixture that, on paper, does not bode well for Usuthu, and the prospect of having played 10 winless matches this season is now a very real one for Mugeyi and his charges.

The coach was not overly surprised by the PSL’s decision, and he said yesterday that he had expected at least the games taking place in KwaZulu-Natal to have been rescheduled to accommodate the Senzo Meyiwa funeral tomorrow.

There is still a lot of football to be played this season, but the longer AmaZulu go without a win, the more panic there will be as a relegation scrap looms.

But Mugeyi says that he has seen enough from his side to remain calm.

“To be honest with you, if we were performing badly, then I would get worried,” he said yesterday. “But at this point in time the team is doing very well. It is only that we need to focus more. We need to concentrate for 90 minutes and score goals.

“We still have several more games to go, but we will see where we are before the December break.

“The season is still young.”

On his own future, Mugeyi said he was not concerned, did not feel under pressure, and that he had not been given any strict mandates from the board.

“We haven’t discussed how many games I have to win. We just discuss the games that we have played and the games that are coming up,” said Mugeyi.

With Marc van Heerden and Larry Urikhob both long-term injuries, AmaZulu are in the middle of a defensive crisis.

Mugeyi said yesterday there were currently a few players on trial at the club, and that one or two emergency signings were likely to materialise.

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