Dlamini: ‘It’s up to the players’


 

AmaZulu striker Ayanda Dlamini believes it’s time for the players to take responsibility and carry the club away from the bottom of the Absa Premiership log.

 

Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Free State Stars left Usuthu at the foot of the table with nine points from 12 games, which prompted the management to terminate the contract of coach Roger Palmgren.

 

Assistant coach Fani Madida has taken over as the interim coach, and ‘Cobra’ says they have to change this into a positive situation.

 

“Changing a coach is never an easy decision to make because it can have positive or negative effects, but the decision has been made and we have to try and make the best of it as a team,” said Dlamini.

 

“What has happened is in the past and the only thing we can do is look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

 

“It’s up to us as players to give our best and to make sure we help the team to move up from the bottom of the log.”

 

The 28-year-old has also challenged his more experienced teammates to lead by example to ensure that the progress that has been made since the start of the season is not lost.

 

“As one of the senior players, I believe it’s our duty to guide the younger players and make sure that we move in the right direction as a team,” he said.

 

“The new coach will come with his ideas but we have to work extra hard and adapt as quickly as possible.

 

“We went through something similar last season and we managed to dig ourselves out of the hole; we have to believe that we can do it again.”

 

Usuthu will resume their league campaign with a trip to Polokwane to take on Black Leopards at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday, December 5.

 

Ian Palmer’s men are fresh from a 2-1 win over the University of Pretoria, but Dlamini says his side have to aim for nothing less than maximum points.

 

“It’s definitely going to be a tough game because playing against Leopards away from home is always difficult,” he said.

 

“But, because of the situation we’re in, we have to approach each game as a must-win. We have to go out there with a positive mindset and try and attack from the start until the end.

 

“The teams that are sitting above us on the log are not that far ahead in terms of points so winning two or three games will make a big difference and that is something which motivates us.”

 

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