Must-win match for Usuthu

Brain Murandu

BULAWAYO on Sunday hosts a continental clash between AmaZulu and Maxaquene of Mozambique which the home team has to win at all cost to avoid an early exit.



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After a debut domestic title triumph last year, Usuthu could make merry once again if things go their way in the African Champions League first round first leg encounter at Barbourfields Stadium.



AmaZulu chairman Kennedy Mujuru promised at last year’s presentation ceremony of the league championship that “we’ll pump up our efforts for African Champions league and will not disappoint.”


It remains to be seen whether his club will live up to its promises.

Technical advisor Eddie May wants the team to at least reach the mini-league phase of the competition.


“Our objective is to get into the mini-league (phase) and my experience with Highlanders and Rhinos is that we have to take advantage of the home leg first,” he said this week.


May is no stranger to the intricacies of the African safari after stints with former champions Highlanders in their African sojourn of 2002 and last year with Black Rhinos in the CAF cup.


“I’m looking forward to the game. The players have worked hard and are looking forward to it. We gonna see that on Sunday and give it our best shot,” he said.


May’s prayer is that his strikers do not blow away chances.


“We have got to score goals and stop missing chances. We’re polishing up on our finishing and it’s a case of getting that department right,” said the much-travelled Briton who replaced Luke Masomere when the ex-Wankie and Masvingo United mentor crossed floors to join Dynamos.


May’s hopes are pinned on a formidable midfield department comprising the Warriors duo – Esrom Nyandoro and Ronald Sibanda and Young Warriors player Vusimuzi Nyoni.


AmaZulu’s prodigal son Sageby Sandaka and captain Norman Komani are expected to bring their shooting boots to allay fears of their technical adviser.