Usuthu’s coach upbeat

2011-01-27 00:00

ALTHOUGH AmaZulu are among the three clubs that have conceded the most goals in the Premier Soccer League, coach Manqoba Mngqithi is in no rush to shore up his defence.

As Usuthu prepare to host Bloemfontein Celtic at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Mngqithi expressed delight at his charges’ impressively high scoring rate.

AmaZulu’s four unanswered goals they scored past Moroka Swallows in Gauteng at the weekend increased the tally to 27 strikes and move the Durban team up to 12th, with 18 points from 16 matches. Usuthu have conceded 26 goals.

“I think we have improved a lot, especially in our attacking play, and as a result have become one of the most difficult sides to defend against, and that is largely because of the acquisition types of players we have,” Mngqithi said yesterday after a morning training sessions.

He added: “Our biggest challenge has been in defence. I think it’s been ... individual incompetence more than anything else. I will only add two more seniors when the time is right.”

On confronting an unpredictable Celtic, Mngqithi said: “They are a formidable team with exciting players like [Moses] Spandeel, [Thokozani] Mshengu, that young boy [Daniel] Venter, and [Thabo] Nthete and [Hlompo] Kekana who are key factors in their team.

“But they don’t have a good record away from home. I also think in some instances they have been lucky.”

Forward Ayanda Dlamini, who grabbed a brace in that 4-0 drubbing of Swallows, said he is concerned with inconsistency in AmaZulu’s play.

“You can’t really explain what is happening, because it seems it’s the sickness among teams in the PSL as you can’t boldly tell this team will win.

“We are working hard to maintain consistency,” Dlamini said.

Defender Siboniso “Jomo” Gumede sits out the Saturday game owing to a one-game suspension while long-serving captain and defender Pere Ariwerayi, who is on the transfer list but is used sparingly, is doubtful because of knee injury.

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