USUTHU OPEN NET RAISE CONCERNS
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
AmaZulu Football Club will be looking to keep a clean sheet when they take on Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday after a disappointing start to their league campaign.
The Durban-based side is still yet to win a game this season. Seven matches into the season, they have conceded 11 goals and only scored four. They will be looking for a change in fortunes in the Telkom Knockout encounter on Saturday evening.
Their coach, Craig Rosslee, believes that his defence has committed a lot of mistakes at the back and they have been struggling to score goals.
“We’ve chopped and changed the back four due to circumstances over the last couple of weeks as we had no players available,” he said.
Rosslee also revelaed that he rested captain and main man in the back four, Carlington Nyadombo, due to his behavior.
He said, “We felt like Carlington (Nyadombo) needed a bit of a rest- he played the first three games and he picked up three yellow cards. In terms of his performance, I don’t know if he is trying hard.”
The Usuthu mentor is blaming their poor performance on the Premier Soccer League fixtures list.
“Unfortunately we had a lot of away games. You can’t really get into a rhythm if you play five games away from home. We haven’t seen our home stadium for over a month- where in the world do you play away from home a month?” Rosslee asked.
Skipper, Carlington Nyadombo, explained that when the team loses, the players lose concentration.
“I think we need to work harder on our weaknesses, try to perfect our strengths and score more goals. That’s the biggest weakness we have,” he said.
He also believes that their defence has let the team down as they have conceded two goals in each of their last four PSL encounters, including the game against their weekend opponents, Celtic.
“We are not defending very well- we’re conceding silly goals. Sometime we are sleeping in the field of play, forgetting to do our job, and sometime we are not even going forward. Our weakness concentration,” Nyadombo revealed.
The Usuthu supporters will hope for a quick turn around of the team’s fortunes at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday. The match kicks off at 20:15.