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Football | Absa Premiership

AmaZulu, Wits desperate for win



AmaZulu and Bidvest Wits will look to return to winning ways in the Absa Premiership when they meet at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday, kick-off at 15h30.

Both teams have been equally inconsistent in their recent outings, winning one and drawing two of their last five league matches.

The Clever Boys last tasted victory with a 2-0 win over Moroka Swallows at the beginning of November and have failed to win in their last four league outings.

Antonio Habas Lopez’s men have also failed to score in their last three matches and go into this game on the back of a 0-0 stalemate against the University of Pretoria.

The Clever Boys are placed seventh on the Absa Premiership log with 17 points from 13 matches, seven ahead of AmaZulu, who are in 16th place with 10 points.

Usuthu are also winless in their last four league outings, their most recent being a 1-1 away draw against Black Leopards.

This game could also see Wits defender Sboniso Gumede facing his former club, but he says he is only interested in seeing his current side taking maximum points.

“This won’t be a special match for me because the only thing I am targeting is three points against them (AmaZulu),” he said.

“They are my former team and I respect them and I still have friends there. Even my younger brother plays for them but at the end of the day a win is what I am looking for.

“They will be a changed team because they have a new coach. They don’t deserve the bad results and the log position that they are in now.”

Meanwhile, AmaZulu defender Carlington Nyadombo believes his side are getting closer to turning their fortunes around, despite collecting just one point from their midweek fixture.

The game against Leopards was the first under new coach Craig Rosslee, and defender Carlington Nyadombo believes it’s important for the players to lift their socks while the coach finds his feet.

“Things have not been easy for us but we have kept our heads high and we’ll continue fighting for this jersey,” he said.

“We have a new coach now and he’ll try his best but as players we also need to double our efforts and work as a team.

“The game against Leopards was not easy and as much as we went there looking for three points, we had to settle for just one.”

Usuthu’s two wins of the season have both come at home and Nyadombo is hopeful that they will add a third when they host Wits.

“It’s our last home game this year so we want to make our supporters proud,” he said.

“We won’t take Wits for granted because we know they have a strong squad. Both teams need the points but we are determined to win this game and we hope it will show on the field.”

Last season Wits recorded a 3-1 win over AmaZulu in Johannesburg, but Usuthu bounced back to win 2-0 in the return fixture.

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