Absa Premiership

Zwane: Players are motivated

2014-10-09 08:04
Japhet Zwane (Supplied)
Japhet Zwane (Supplied)
Cape Town - AmaZulu team manager Japhet Zwane is confident that the club’s success in the Telkom Knockout will help re-ignite their league campaign, when the PSL starts next week.

"We just needed a win, you know. We got it against Celtic and we are hoping that the same performance can be taken to our upcoming games in the league," Zwane told Football411.com this week.

Zwane suggested that the timing of the international break could not have been better for the club, as it has now afforded an opportunity to players to return to the drawing board, reflect on some of the success from last week and plan ahead for what is hoped will be a turnaround in the league campaign.

"The international break has come at a good time, when we have won our last game and the players are motivated. We can play some friendly matches and prepare for our next game against Chippa," added Zwane.

AmaZulu will host Chippa United in a crucial Premiership fixture next Saturday and the players hope they can exploit the home ground advantage, even if it is a match against a team which has enjoyed relative success this season.  The harsh reality though, is that it is a match that AmaZulu need to win and Zwane says the players are well aware of it.

"We have already started preparing for the match against Chippa. We need points, we are at the bottom of the log, so we have to fight to move away from there."

While there have been some improvements for Usuthu this week, Zwane does acknowledge that there have been some defensive frailties, which have not been adequately addressed just yet. That is one of the issues that needs to remedied before the season resumes.

"I don’t think we are having a problem in scoring goals. The problem is that we score one goal and then we concede two goals and we lose that game. I think what we have to do going forward, is to close the back door and open the front door," quipped Zwane.

"We just need to rectify some mistakes, this was our first game [against Celtic] to score more than two goals this season and we won that game. We are hoping that we will be scoring more goals in the future because if you score three goals, you have a better chance to win the game. We need to make sure that we do the same in the upcoming games."

The one issue which still can’t be ignored at this juncture is that there is no clarity on the future of club coach Craig Rosslee and Zwane said the process of finalising that issue was not straightforward.

While it is likely that administrators will want to have it sorted out before the week ends, Zwane also cautioned against forcing it, suggesting that the process must take its course.

"There are a lot of things going on. We are meeting the supporters, the directors and everyone. At the moment I can’t say something that is concrete," said Zwane.

"I think, let us wait until the end of the week, then hopefully they will finalise and come back to us and tell us exactly what is going on," added Zwane.

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