Kapini, Urikhob, Gamildien out of Pirates clash


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AmaZulu will be without three players when they take on Orlando Pirates in their next Absa Premiership clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Thursday night.

Goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini faces at least two weeks on the sidelines after suffering a concussion following a change room accident on Friday.

Namibian international Sadney Urikhob is out with a foot injury, while new signing Ruzaigh Gamildien will also sit the match out after sustaining an ankle injury during a friendly match.

“It’s unfortunate that we have three players who are unavailable for the first game against Pirates, which makes our squad a bit thin again,” said Rosslee.

“We’ve lost Gamildien to an ankle injury and Sadney broke a bone in his foot; so he’s out again.

“Kapini suffered a serious concussion so we’re taking the necessary precaution because he’s taking a while to come up to speed.

“We’ll only put him back into training once we’ve received a green light from the doctors; we don’t want to take a risk and make a mistake.”

Despite the injury setbacks, Rosslee is hopeful that his side will compete well against a wounded Orlando Pirates side that will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-1 loss to SuperSport United.

“It was always going to be a tough match but it’s going to be even tougher now that they lost this past weekend,” said Rosslee.

“We also beat them in the first round in a game they would’ve felt they should’ve won; so we’re expecting them to come out firing.

“They’re obviously looking to catch up and they are under pressure; but we’re all under pressure for different reasons in this league and we also have our own targets.

“We’d like to go out there and play well at home, compete strongly for the ball and back it up by being solid defensively.”

The first meeting between the two sides at the FNB Stadium ended 1-0 in favour of Usuthu with former Pirates striker Bongani Ndulula scoring the only goal of the match.

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