Posted on February 27, 2012 08:25
Striker Ayanda Dlamini has expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Usuthu faithful’s for their continued backing and belief in him with his teammates following the past weekend’s long awaited first win in four matches.
The ever eloquent KwaCeza born man told AmaZulufc.net that the turning of the corner can be attributed - to much needed introspection within the team.
Such was the pressure that a visibly ecstatic Roger Palmgren remarked: “It’s just wonderful, we’re very happy to have won. We played different soccer against United, we didn’t settle too much on the ball, we just kicked the ball away and that wasn’t really part of the plan - but those three points are more than three points to us,” said the Swedish mentor.
Despite Dlamini getting the monkey of his back in finding the back of the net for the first time this season, the former Nongoma Citizen is still not ignorant of the fact that AmaZulu have an unimpressive record to restore at home.
“We’d talked as players about the need to change things around. The pressure was starting to build on the players and even the coaches.
“It means a lot to have collected the full points looking at the situation we were in. Beating Supersport away is never easy so the win is a very crucial morale booster,” said the man nicknamed Cobra.
Only two wins have been recorded in the royal club’s own background while away they have managed four wins. More goals have also been scored away than at home as 7 of their 15 goals netted this season have been met with chants from the home fans compared to the 8 gathered away.
All the more coach Roger Palmgren’s men have not succumbed to letting the boo-boys dampen their spirits.
“Make no mistake about it; it would be nice to win again at home because we know how much it means to our supporters.
“The goals too have come at the right time as we also now look forward to playing Ajax in the Nedbank Cup where as a striker your confidence needs to be up,” said Dlamini also referring to teammate Stanton Lewis’ recent away goal against Free State Stars.
AmaZulu and Ajax Cape Town will meet at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on 11 March 2012, Sunday. Tickets are now available at Computicket.
A couple of days after the Nedbank Cup match the KZN side welcome Jomo Cosmos at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The match kicks off at 19:30 on the 14th March 2012, Wednesday.