Thanda eager to stay up

THANDA Royal Zulu are confident they will bounce back into the Absa Premiership at the expense of Mpumalanga Black Aces despite the fact that a 1-1 draw can send them to the National First Division.

The two sides will meet in the second leg of the final of NFD playoffs at Chatsworth stadium in Durban tomorrow at 8.05pm.

The first leg match at Ackerville stadium in eMalahleni last Sunday failed to produce goals.

Amabhubesi's spokesperson Zama Nene said the boys are hungry for glory and ready to return to the elite league.

"We have worked on our attacking strategy, this after we scored only one goal in our previous three playoff matches. We cannot underestimate them, they are a good and difficult side that needs 90 minutes concentration to be beaten," Nene said yesterday.

Players such as Nkosinathi Nhleko, Sibusiso Hadebe, James Madidilane and Aubrey Mathibe have the potential to deliver the club back into the elite league.

TRZ may not have it all their way tomorrow because players like Lindokuhle Mbatha, Jacob Machaka, Sibusiso Dlamini and Setjaba Mmuso are expected to steer Amazayoni to victory and promotion to the elite league.

Amazayoni's spokesperson Thabo "T-bose" Moroape said the time has arrived for the people of Mpumalanga to have a club in the premiership.

"We will do all that is possible to ensure that we secure an early goal that will frustrate our opponents," Moroape said.