Following AmaZulu’s dismal 3 – 0 loss against Supersport United on Saturday, the Durban-based side will need to perform a dramatic U-turn in form in order to pick up their first points of the season in their next game against MTN8 finalists Moroka Swallows.
Not only have AmaZulu been unable to score a goal this campaign, they have also conceded eleven times which hints at a side lacking in confidence in all departments of their game.
They sit rock bottom on the PSL log after four games and there have been claims that Roger Palmgren is under serious pressure to deliver, followings qualms expressed by the AmaZulu board about the poor start to the season.
Palmgren is currently out of the country due to personal reasons according to the club’s official website. He will not be able to attend Amazulu’s next fixture against Moroka Swallows on Wednesday the 26th.
The club will also be without the coach for the build-up to the game, which will not give him a chance to try and challenge his players to recover some inkling of form.
The team performances this season have lacked the finishing touch in attack, compounded by a defensive effort which has conceded six against a rampant Kaizer Chiefs. The team showed more fight in the 0-0 draw against local rivals Golden Arrows; however their resolve did not last long as they capitulated 3-0 against Supersport in their following game.
Notably they have been creating chances in their matches, however no one has been able finish some enterprising opportunities.
Finishing in seventh place last season, AmaZulu were looking to build on their success with a variety of new signings. The squad has a mixture of experienced stalwarts and youth players.
However goalscoring has not been their strongest feature with a goal tally of thirty two last season, the third lowest in the league. Midfielder Goodman Dlamini weighed in with 7 goals in the 2011/2012 PSL campaign, followed by striker Ayanda Dlamini with five goals.
The team will be looking to their recognised strikers to work harder in the coming games.
New signing Mkhokheli Dube recently spoke to AmaZulu’s official website about the club’s poor start, hinting that the team has been unlucky so far and that they are creating chances.
The Zimbabwean striker has recently returned from a stint at Chicago Fire in the MLS and will be one of the attacking options AmaZulu will rely on this season.
“We just have to keep doing what we have been doing, we’re trying as forwards; we work extra hard at training and hopefully it helps,” Dube told AmaZulu’s official website.
“I believe in the squad, we have so many youngsters and we have a lot of senior players who have played the game.
“We’re helping each other to try and improve the squad and I feel we can get ourselves out of this situation and move upwards.”
Dube’s belief in Usuthu’s ability to resolve their early season problems is the kind of feeling which has to run through every member of the squad in order for them to tighten up their defence and stop being goal shy.
AmaZulu will look to their next game against Moroka Swallows at the King Zwelithini Stadium as a catalyst to move forward and rediscover their potential.