Absa Premiership

Dlamini not losing hope yet

2014-12-19 10:25
Ayanda Dlamini (Gallo)
Cape Town - AmaZulu striker Ayanda Dlamini still believes that his club can avoid relegation this season, despite being at the bottom of the Premiership standings halfway through the campaign.

READ: AmaZulu eye Swallows victory.

Usuthu have accumulated just nine points during this season and are seven behind Moroka Swallows, who are currently in 14th position.

Even if AmaZulu win against the Dube Birds on Saturday, they will remain in the relegation zone during the Christmas break, which is something that will weigh heavily on the squad’s mind for the next month and a half when the league goes on break for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

"We just have to go there and get three points. Our situation doesn’t allow us to drop points. We were supposed to win the Maritzburg and Ajax games, but things didn’t go our away," Dlamini said ahead of the match against Swallows at the Moses Mabhida Stadium this weekend.

AmaZulu have one of the worst defensive records in the Premiership this season and that is thanks in part to what was a woeful start to the term. However, there have been several positive signs since Steve Barker took over at the helm and that is something Dlamini thinks his team-mates can build on as the season progresses.

"The way we are playing is good, we have not been conceding in the past games like we used to do and that is something positive. I think the arrival of Barker has been great, he has raised our confidence," added Dlamini.

If AmaZulu harbour any aspirations of crawling out of the relegation zone before this term ends, they will need to start securing maximum points more regularly. The first port of call will be to do that against Swallows this week.

"That game is a must win, we also have an advantage because our coach is good at studying the opposition so we are looking forward to closing the year on a good note," Dlamini said.

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