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Football | Absa Premiership

Stanley Kgatla and Edwin Gyimah © Backpagepix

SuperSport visit revived AmaZulu



SuperSport United will look to return to winning ways in the Absa Premiership when they visit bottom-of-the-log side AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday, kick-off at 19:30.

After picking up just their third win of their season against Ajax Cape Town to end 2012 on a positive note, Matsatsantsa suffered a setback as they resumed their league campaign with a 1-0 loss to Orlando Pirates last week.

However, Gavin Hunt’s side managed to restore their confidence over the weekend with a hard-earned 1-0 away win over Democratic Republic of Congo outfit Don Bosco in their CAF Confederations Cup encounter.

United are placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 20 points from 17 matches and Hunt believes his troops will be up for the test when they travel to Durban on Wednesday.

“Obviously all these games are important,” he said. “We had a good result over the weekend but now we have to play in the league and also this weekend in the Nedbank Cup.

“So it will be three different competitions in a space of a week; it’s really tough but we have to get on with business.

“We know their team (AmaZulu), I don’t think there’ll be much surprises, but our style is to focus on our own team and try to get a result.

“We have some injuries, not from this weekend’s game but over the course of time, but we have a good squad of players and I trust these players to do a good job on Wednesday night.”

Meanwhile, AmaZulu will be looking to register back-to-back wins for the first time this season following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Lamontville Golden Arrows.

Usuthu are unbeaten in their two matches since the breaking, having resumed their campaign with a 0-0 draw against Maritzburg United, but more importantly they have looked dangerous in both games.

Nonetheless, coach Craig Rosslee says there is no chance of his players getting carried away following their first away win of the season as they still have a lot of work ahead of them.

"We are nowhere near the task or the job that we want to achieve, obviously there are still 12 league games left until the end of the season,” said Rosslee.

"Yes we got a good win and we played some fantastic football. I know questions will be asked again regarding our finishing because we had six or seven good chances, but the fact is we got our three points.

“We are now in the mix with five or six other teams. We just need to continue on the same path.”

SuperSport united have lost only three of their 17 games this season, while 11 of them have ended in draws, but Rosslee is hoping for an open game on Wednesday.

“They are coming back from their CAF Confederations Cup game and they would have travelled quite a bit and battled hard away from home to get that good result,” he said.

“Even though they lost their midweek game against Pirates they still played some good football.

“Hopefully once again they'll come down here and put up a performance where we can compete, like Arrows did, so we can play some good football and display quality out there.

“The biggest challenge for us is that every game is like a cup final. We are playing against a team that has been stubborn and they have picked up all the draws.

“Knowing Gavin he is always changing and experimenting with formations so it will be depend on what they come up with, but on our side we have prepared using mostly the players who did admirably for us on Saturday.”

Usuthu are currently sitting in 16th place on the Absa Premiership log with 16 points from 18 matches, but a win could see them going as high as 12th place depending on the other results.

Fullback Marc Van Heerden missed the clash against Arrows after picking a knock during the game against Maritzburg and a decision will be made closer to the game regarding his availability for Wednesday’s match.

When the two sides met earlier this season the match ended 3-0 in favour of Supersport United.

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