Cape Town - AmaZulu
coach Steve Barker said a concerted effort would be made to secure as much
match-time as possible as the date for the resumption of the league draws
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Usuthu, who are currently well entrenched in the relegation
zone, will not receive any favours when the campaign starts again, as the first
assignment will be against Orlando Pirates at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
While Barker has worked on several aspects of this team’s
performance during this extended mid-term break, he also believes that the only
way his team will hit the ground running will be by achieving full match
The club's plan is to play friendly matches in Johannesburg,
Nelspruit and Swaziland during the last week of January.
"It will be useful for us, for some confidence as we
try to get unity and togetherness going ahead of our first league match with
Pirates next month," said Barker of the current programme.
Also encouraging for AmaZulu is the progress made by new
signings Mbulelo Mabizela and Roscoe Pietersen, both of whom competed during
the club’s 2-0 victory against Thanda Royal Zulu at the weekend.
"OJ (Mabizela) looked sharp and commanded the back very
well with his teammates, Roscoe too is getting back to his sharpness,"
said Barker, who was wholly satisfied with the work done in match situations
"It was good to get match practice under the belt
against Thanda, they’re a good NFD team who’re challenging to come up.
"It’s good also for our keepers to keep a clean sheet,
even in friendlies. It will be useful for us for some confidence as we try to
get unity and togetherness going ahead of our first league match with Pirates