‘We deserve to be on top’

2013-09-21 00:00

FEW would have predicted at the start of the season that today’s fixture between AmaZulu and SuperSport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium would be a top-of-the-table clash, but that is exactly the case as the PSL enters its sixth round of fixtures.

Both sides are on 10 log points, with SuperSport occupying top spot while goal difference sees Usuthu placed third behind Moroka Swallows.

SuperSport coach Cavin Johnson has bemoaned his side’s inconsistency after a 2-1 loss to Swallows in midweek, and Usuthu fans will be fancying their chances after that result.

For AmaZulu, the focus will remain on controlling the tempo of the match and manufacturing goal-scoring opportunities through keeping the ball for extended periods.

While the Durban-outfit’s start to the campaign might have surprised many, it hasn’t surprised coach Craig Rosslee.

“We are in the top three because we have got the points and deserve to be there, it’s that simple,” he said during preparations for today’s match. “The question now is whether or not we can continue to do the good work we have done over the past couple of weeks.”

But, the coach is under no illusions, and he knows that if his side are to continue their fine start then they will have to play well against “a fantastic side” today.

“We have to be fully prepared,” said Rosslee. “The spirit is fantastic. The players want to get on the park and play and they aren’t concerned with who the opposition is, and that is great to see.”

On the injury front, Marc van Heerden is expected to have recovered from a knock to the ribs in time for kickoff, while only Sydney Urikhob remains sidelined.

“We do have a thin squad at the moment with only 25 players,” said Rosslee when asked about the PSL’s fixture congestion over the last two weeks. “It’s only five games into the season and the boys are all still nice and fresh so the congestion hasn’t really been a problem. They’re keen and hungry to get on the field and play.”

Golden Arrows travel to the University of Pretoria tomorrow to try and give their stop-start season some forward momentum. Manqoba Mngqithi’s side have amassed just four points from their opening five fixtures in which they have scored only three goals. They sit in 12th on the log, a position behind Tuks, who are ahead of Arrows on goal difference.

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