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Usuthu's stamina to be tested

By unknown | Mar 09, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

AmaZulu's stamina to cope with the daunting task of avoiding relegation will be tested by Orlando Pirates, who they host in a Castle Premiership match at Princess Magogo Stadium tomorrow at 3.45pm.

It is the second time in six days that Usuthu face Soweto giants after their priceless 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in Rustenburg last Saturday.

But it remains to be seen if AmaZulu will be able to reproduce that magical performance against the Buccaneers.

"We can't say that we will beat Pirates just because we managed to beat Chiefs. We are talking about two different teams here," James Dhlamini, AmaZulu's operations manager, said yesterday.

"The players will take each game as it comes and we will try hard not to lose focus until the very last match of the season. Though we are not complacent, beating Chiefs has made our players hungrier than before."

Mickey Modisane, Bucs' communications manager, said they were not worried about playing AmaZulu in Durban.

"Durban is like home away from home because we have massive support in KwaZulu-Natal," Modisane said.

"AmaZulu are on cloud nine after beating Chiefs and obviously their success has motivated them against us. Our aim is to move into the top eight and to achieve this we have to win on Sunday."

Veteran linkman John "Shoes" Moshoeu and striker Dumisani Ngwenya are back in training for Usuthu after recovering from injuries and are available for selection on Sunday.

Lucky Mzizi, whose two goals sunk his former club, Chiefs, is again expected to lead Usuthu's attack with vitality.

But the visitors have enough depth in all departments and could prove a handful for AmaZulu.

Lebohang Mokoena, Innocent Mdledle and Lucas Thwala will want to prove that their selection to the Bafana Bafana squad was not a mistake by helping Pirates to win.

l Pressure is mounting on Benoni Premier United to turn the corner if they do not want to make a quick return to the Mvela Golden League.

The Rabbits will use Sunday's game against the once unstoppable Silver Stars to begin a campaign to move out of the quagmire. The sides will battle it out in a locked out Premiership match at Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa, starting at 3.45pm, reports Ramatsiyi Moholoa.


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