Mngqithi in search of turning point


Manqoba Mngqithi hoping for a ‘breath of fresh air’ in the KZN side’s all important test against 6th place Santos in Cape Town on Saturday evening in Athlone Stadium.

 In the past with just five league matches played AmaZulu supporters would find themselves in a familiar territory lying in position 11th on the log.

So far this season records don’t show what the man in the helm has managed to stir up in the current crop of players at the club.

With a bit of luck and hard work it is only a matter of time that Mnqithi’s side starts getting the desired results.

The 39 year old coach hopes with having players such as Warren Bishop, Marc van Heerden and new signing Ramson Zhuwawo available will add a new dimension to his side.

“It would be a breath of fresh air to have Marc back. For me he is national team material, he has been unfortunate with the injury he has had.  I know his quality he is such a useful player in game situations and standard situations he is very strong.

 Ramson is one player which we signed with high hopes and I also maintain he is one of the best players we signed for the season. To have them both at the same it is really a breath of fresh air. Others as well will add good value.

Zhuwawo’s country man Carlington Nyadombo had a good game against Kaizer Chiefs in the 2-0 Telkom Knockout loss. Despite the Zimbabwean’s contribution AmaZulu ended up conceding 2 goals and bowed out of the competition but the coach is confident they will bounce back.

 ”We cannot afford to let slip some more points obviously knowing that playing in Cape Town is a very tough assignment – we’re away from home in conditions that are not okay.

“If you can make that your turning point on conditions that are totally against you, maybe you will come back stronger even mentally,” he said.

“That is basically what we want to see happening more especially since this our first match in our second circle of five matches; we really want to make a difference.”

It’s a fact that Santos started their season a bit better compared to us but I believe we have an equal chance to win the match, it’s not like AmaZulu have been playing terribly,” he added.

Namibian Tangeni Shipahu is still waiting for the green light from Fifa while striker Myron Shongwe’s pulled thigh muscle on the eve of the Chiefs match rules him out for the Cape Town trip.

Before their match AmaZulu will make a gesture to Western Cape Spar DC by visiting their workers in their place of work. The players and the technical team will interact and play five versus five indoor soccer, a move which the coach is happy to see his players engaging into.

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