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Roslee: Wary of upset

Roslee: Wary of upset

AmaZulu will be hoping to avoid a Nedbank Cup upset when they welcome SAFA Second Division outfit Tembu Royals to the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday.

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Usuthu have had a rough ride in the PSL this season and were rooted to the foot of the table until a goalless draw against SuperSport United a week ago moved them ahead of fellow strugglers Chippa United.

However, Craig Roslee's men have still only won a single match in the last 10 outings, a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows in the second match since returning from the mid-season break.

With the Nedbank Cup their only real hope of silverware this season, Roslee is wary of another upset by lower league opposition after seeing last season's PSL champions go down 4-1 to Maluti FET College over the weekend.

"The important thing is the win," he told the club's official website. "Yes, goals do give you confidence but the fact of the matter is that whether you win 1-0 or 2-0 or 3-0 a win is win, in the cup and in the league.

"Each and every year the Nedbank Cup produces upsets but if you walk on the park thinking you've already won the game, that's the biggest mistake you can make.

"For us it is a game, a cup game and we want to make sure we get through to the next round. We had a chat with the players regarding the seriousness of this match and if they don't understand there are consequences."

Usuthu's star man Ayanda Dlamini will be unavailable for the match as he is serving a suspension.

Tembu Royals, meanwhile, are high-flyers in the SAFA Second Division topping the standings with 37 points from 16 games, and have lost only once this campaign.

The Royals have won eight of their last ten fixtures in the Eastern Cape Vodacom League, with only a draw against Highbury FC and a loss against Matta Milan to blemish their record.

Royals coach Lwandile Magula believes his side have prepared well and are ready to cause an upset similar to that of Maluti College on Saturday.

"Results have been good, " Magula told the Sowetan. "We're mentally and physically ready. Our planning has gone well."

Magula will be relying on the services of their most well-known striker Phikolethu Spelman, who used to ply his trade for Santos and is also the club's top scorer this season.

"Spelman is our most experienced player, but we have good balance in the team," he added. "We have a nice mix of young players, and though who have been at this level for a while, we are injury-free."

Posted: 26/02/13 11:53

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