De Sa happy leader is back

BIDVEST Wits coach Roger de Sa believes the return from injury of captain Sibusiso Mahlangu will inspire the team to overcome struggling AmaZulu in an Absa Premiership match at Milpark Stadium tomorrow.

BIDVEST Wits coach Roger de Sa believes the return from injury of captain Sibusiso Mahlangu will inspire the team to overcome struggling AmaZulu in an Absa Premiership match at Milpark Stadium tomorrow.

Kickoff is at 8.10pm.

Mahlangu has been out of action for almost two months after picking up a serious ankle injury.

But like Usuthu, Wits will also require poise to win this clash after their recent slump in form.

"I'm happy Sibusiso is back and will add impetus to the team. It will be a tough match against AmaZulu who are also desperate for a win, but we will be equal to the task," said De Sa yesterday.

Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, Mahlangu said they were eager to get back to winning ways after their recent winless streak.

The Students got their league campaign off to a winning start this season and at one stage they were among the top sides on the standings.

They have since fallen to eighth on the table, trailing leaders and defending champions SuperSport United by 10 points.

All the clubs have played 15 matches.

Mahlangu said it was painful to watch the guys lose matches they should have won from the stands.

"It was painful to see them losing but we are now determined to return to our winning ways and we should start with this (match) at home against AmaZulu," Mahlangu said.

But Wits are advised not to underestimate Usuthu who are also looking for points to move away from the relegation zone.

AmaZulu publicist Philani "Zane" Mabaso said they would not settle for anything but a win to enhance their chances of moving away from the quagmire.

"We are going to Milpark Stadium in high spirits after we managed to beat Wits at the same venue for the past two seasons," Mabaso said yesterday.

He revealed that their new acquisition, Simphiwe Mkhonza, would be available for selection. Mkhonza joined Usuthu on Tuesday as a free agent.

The hosts will rely on leading goalscorer Calvin "Dolezar" Kadi and Sifiso Myeni to bang in the goals.

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