Cape Town - AmaZulu captain Robyn Johannes believes the intense pressure from their relegation fight is making him a better player, and doesn't think the club will be relegated this season.
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Usuthu briefly moved out of the bottom two when they beat Polokwane City two weeks ago, but have not played a game since and have dropped back in to trouble after Free State Stars won both of their games.
However, Johannes does not see the added pressure from the threat of relegation as a bad thing.
"I think there is nothing wrong with the pressure, in fact I have performed better under it," Johannes told the club's official website.
"When people write me off, or when there is plenty of negative criticism I always bounce back stronger."
"I am not the only leader but everyone is aware of what is needed so that we remain in the league.
"I have always believed that we will not even go to the play offs and our previous performances have been evidence enough that we are serious about business," he added.