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don't write off usuthu

By unknown | Feb 25, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Though SuperSport United have had the better of AmaZulu this season, reading too much into these results could lull Matsatsantsa into a false sense of security against the battle-scarred Usuthu tonight.

United walloped AmaZulu 2-0 in the first round of their Absa Premiership campaign this season and went on to pip them 1-0 in the last-16 phase of the Telkom Knockout.

They are now hoping for a hat trick of wins when the two sides meet at Chatsworth Stadium in Durban at 7.30 tonight.

Clive Barker's side might not have won their last two matches against Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs, but keeping a clean slate against these title contenders is a sign of maturity in the team, especially at the back.

So Gavin Hunt, the astute Matsatsantsa coach, and his defending champions will need to be sharp if they entertain ambitions of pocketing maximum points in Durban.

United have made it clear, though, that they need to collect as many points as possible in their remaining nine matches to keep the trophy in the cabinet.

Matsatsantsa are also motivated after their close rivals Mamelodi Sundowns and Amakhosi failed to win on Sunday, strengthening their grip on the trophy.

Usuthu might not necessarily be in the drop zone, but they are not entirely safe from the axe and can't afford to lose at home tonight.

Barker therefore should be hoping that his once-reliable forward Dumisani Ngwenya regains his scoring touch to help them win in front of their devotees.

The home side will still be without the ailing Collins Chabalala and the injured Mark van Heerden.

Pere Ariweriyai and Masoeng Sillo, who have been solid at the back in their recent matches, have the gumption to deny the likes of Lerato Chabangu, Tefera Fikru and Glen Salmon from scoring.


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