AmaZulu defender Tsweu Mokoro says his side have to bounce back to winning ways in their Absa Premiership clash against Bloemfontein Celtic next Wednesday.


Usuthu went down 3-1 to the University of Pretoria in their last league outing, ending their seven-match unbeaten run and the right-back says it’s vital to avoid a slump at this crucial point of the season.


“We didn’t do well in our last game but we have to remain positive; we have to bounce back strongly in our next game,” Mokoro said.


“We were disappointed with the performance and the result (against AmaTuks) but we believe the break will do us some good.


“Some of the players have been battling with minor injuries and we are looking forward to having a fresh squad next week.”


Craig Rosslee’s side have now set their sights on claiming maximum points against a Celtic side that is currently fighting to break into the top eight, but Mokoro hopes playing at home can work in their favour.


“The game against Celtic is going to be difficult but they tend to struggle away from home so we have to go into the game with a positive approach,” he added.


“We committed silly mistakes against Tuks and that is something we have to avoid at all costs during the remainder of the season.


“Of the six games we have left, four of them will be at home and we are targeting maximum points so we can increase the gap between us and the two teams at the bottom of the log.”


When the two sides met in Durban last season Mokoro was amongst the scorers as Usuthu secured a 2-0 victory, a feat he is hoping to repeat this time around.


“I would like to score against them again if I get an opportunity to play,” he said.


“Scoring goals has been a challenge for us but the coach has made it clear that we all have to contribute, it’s not just up to the strikers.


“We have to attack and defend as a team and that’s the mentality we need to have to do well in our upcoming games.”


The two sides will meet at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday, April 17, at 19h30.




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