AmaZulu striker Ayanda Dlamini hopes the hard work they have put in will pay off when they face Lamontville Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday at 6pm.
Usuthu will be in search of their first league points after losing both of their opening games against Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United, but the man they call ‘Cobra’ says it’s high time they redeemed themselves.
“We’ve been working hard on all aspects of our game; obviously we haven’t been defending well as a team and we haven’t used our chances, so we really needed to be critical with our last few performances and look for solutions,” said Dlamini.
“It may sound like we are saying the same thing over and over but when you’re in this kind of situation there’s nothing more that you can do except keeping the positives and correcting the mistakes.”
The 27-year-old says although they are fully focused on breaking the losing streak, they are also aware that this is only the beginning of a long league campaign.
“We’re not taking anything lightly,” assured Dlamini. “But it’s important to believe in ourselves as a team and have the confidence that we can do so much better in our next game.
Roger Palmgren’s men have now set their sights on Saturday’s league game against Arrows as a potential stage for their comeback, although Dlamini is aware of the challenges they will face from their local rivals, who are also pointless in the new campaign.
“The game against Arrows is going to be difficult, they are always difficult to play against and them being in a similar position as us is going to make this game even harder,” said Dlamini.
“There’s a lot at stake; we’ll be playing for crucial points and at the same time we have to consider that there’s pride involved since it’s a derby, but if we play to our potential then we can take the three points and relieve some pressure.”