Usuthu eye positive start in 2019

AmaZulu hit the road for Polokwane as the ABSA Premiership resumes after its festive season break.

High flying, Polokwane City lie in wait for an inform Usuthu team on 5 January.

Coach Cavin Johnson will be hoping his players can build on their momentum after an impressive string of results over the last few weeks.

“We are happy with how the players came back from the festive season. They have trained well and you can see that the energy and desire is still very much there,” Johnson said.

The two teams played to a goalless draw at the King Zwelithini Stadium in November.

“We have to approach them differently, they are a very good team,” Johnson said.

“We have our work cut out. We need to try and maintain our good work from the first half of the year. As always we are prepared to fight for all three points,” he added.

Key to Usuthu’s resurgence towards the latter stages of 2018 was their stubborn defence which only let in four goals in their last six matches.

Central defender, Phumlani Gumede says it is vital to continue that form against Rise and Shine.

“We are hoping to sustain our momentum in the new year. The guys are well rested and we want to keep fighting for the club,” Gumede said.

“It is always a challenge to travel and then play them in their home ground. They are a good side but our training has gone well and we have to go out there and pick up from where we left off,” he concluded.

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