AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee says his side have to be prepared for a physical battle when they host Bidvest Wits in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday at 6pm.
The Clever Boys come into this clash having suffered two straight defeats, losing to Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape town, but Rosslee says Gavin Hunt’s side cannot be taken lightly.
“They’ve had two tough away games and they were up against it the last time against Ajax with one man down,” he said.
“Everyone is aware that Gavin likes his players nice and physical; they compete and muscle it up and they are very direct.
“They use two thoughts of football, the possession game and the direct method where they play long balls and look to pick up the second ball.
“So, we really have to roll up our sleeves and make sure we compete in the park. We have to match them physically and also make sure that we use the ball well when we have possession.”
Usuthu on the other hand are unbeaten in their last four league outings, the latest being the 0-0 away draw against Moroka Swallows and Rosslee says he would like to see the same work ethic that has seen them keeping three clean sheets in a row.
“We have to keep doing the same things we have been doing in the last four games,” he added.
“We’ll be playing at Princess Magogo which is always a spiritual ground for the guys and they feel comfortable there.
“The pitch is narrow and maybe it will suit Wits more in terms of their style of play but I think the park is in good nick and hopefully we can be able to get our passing game going.
“As long as we concentrate and get our passing game going I’m sure we can go out there and get the result.”
Goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini has returned to training after recovering from a head injury but he will not be considered for this clash, alongside new signing Ruzaigh Gamildien, who recently aggravated his ankle injury.
Industrious left-back Marc Van Heerden is also due to return to the squad following his trials with Swedish club Orebro SK but Sifiso Hlanti is expected to retain his place in the starting lineup as Rosslee looks to maintain consistency.