Mokoro has high hopes


AmaZulu fullback Tsweu Mokoro says his side are looking forward to their next game against Maritzburg United following their loss to Kaizer Chiefs in their first Absa Premiership match of the season.

The speedy right-flanker admits that 6-0 scoreline was harsh punishment for their loss of concentration, but also says he is pleased that the result has not been taken out of proportion by the coach and his teammates.

“A lot has been said about our big loss to Chiefs but I think in the end we all agree that there were positives and negatives,” said Mokoro.

“The biggest negative was that we lost three points by a big margin and we were all disappointed.

“We let ourselves down as well as the coach and the fans but since Sunday everyone has been in a positive mood.

“The coach has regrouped us and motivated us and I really don’t see us making the same mistakes in our next game.”

Usuthu will have a chance to redeem themselves when they take on Maritzburg United on Tuesday night at the Harry Gwala Stadium and the former Moroka Swallows man believes they will be ready for their local rivals.

“We can’t play this weekend because of the cup games so we have a long wait until Tuesday, but we have decided to be calm and to keep working on our weaknesses,” said Mokoro.

“The game against United is going to be difficult; it’s the KZN derby and playing in Pietermaritzburg is never easy for any team.

“We know them well and we’ve seen them during pre-season friendlies and I think they know us well too.

“We just have to go in there knowing that it’s a new game with three points on the table to fight for.”

Last season the two sides played to a goalless draw at the Moses Mabhida Stadium while the match at the Harry Gwala Stadium ended in a 1-1 draw as Cuthbert Malajila scored a very late equaliser to cancel Goodman Dlamini’s first half strike.

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