Shitembi: Usuthu’s PSL hopes still alive

AmaZulu midfielder Petrus Shitembi says they cannot afford to drop points at Witbank Spurs if they want to remain in the race for the 2015/16 National First Division (NFD) title.

Usuthu are coming off a narrow 1-0 defeat to NFD log leaders Baroka FC at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday. The defeat dented seventh-placed AmaZulu’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) promotion aspirations.

Shitembi and his Usuthu team-mates have now set their sights on another league encounter against Witbank Spurs at the Puma Rugby Stadium this weekend.

“It’s a crucial game for us because we dropped points in our previous league game. So we need to collect maximum points away from home,” Shitembi told

“We need to win in order to keep up with the top teams. We cannot afford to drop any more points at this stage of the season,” the 23-year-old midfielder continued.

Second-placed Spurs are one of the most in-form sides in the NFD at the moment – having won six of their last seven league matches. Shitembi, who has featured in 19 NFD games this season, stated that they are ready for Spurs.

“Look, we are just focusing on ourselves ahead of the game. What’s important is how we approach this game. Our preparations have also gone very well,” Shitembi stressed.

“However, we have to show more hunger and desire to win more than our opponents on match-day and surely we can get the maximum points.

Despite being 13 points behind leaders Baroka, the Namibia international remains optimistic about his side’s chances of returning to the Absa Premiership through automatic promotion or play-offs after securing a top three finish.

“Well, mathematically we still have a chance to win the league title. But for now we are just focusing on winning matches. I should also admit that it won’t be easy,” Shitembi added.

“At the end of the day, the our objective is to go back to the Absa Premiership. So it won’t matter if it’s via the play-offs or automatic promotion.”

Kick-off between Usuthu and Siyavutha is at 15h30 on Saturday.

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