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By Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Football Journalist


AmaZulu’s Makhaula expects tough clash against Baroka

Usuthu are set to play Bakgaga in a DStv Premiership match this afternoon.


It is always difficult to play a struggling side like Baroka FC, according to AmaZulu FC captain Makhehleni Makhaula.

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Makhaula said this ahead of today’s DStv Premiership match between the sides at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Baroka, who are finding it very difficult to pull themselves up the league standings, are rooted at the bottom of the log after only collecting 17 points with only seven games left to the end of the season. They head into this clash with Usuthu after they suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat against Cape Town City in their previous game.

AmaZulu, on the other hand, will now solely focus on their league campaign after they failed to advance to the next round of the Caf Champions League.

The KwaZulu-Natal club are in 10th place on the log having collected 29 points in their previous 23 fixtures.

“I think it’s going to be a good game, our preparations have been going very well, everything is all good. You can even tell by the mood and commitment from the guys, and the competition in the team because no one wants to be out of the line-up, everyone wants to play,” said Makhaula.

“Even though Baroka lost 5-1 in their last game, it will still be a difficult game because they are playing at home and they will be looking for revenge by all means. So, we are expecting a tough game.”

AmaZulu are adjusting to managerial changes after the club parted ways with coach Benni McCarthy and appointed former Swallows FC coach Brandon Truter on interim basis.

Makhaula, however, seems to think McCarthy and Truter have similar style of play.

“I think he is a good coach and he has the same style of play as coach Benni, he wants the players to be comfortable on the ball and everything that he does he wants us to be free. He also tells us that mistakes happen, but we must make sure not to make them in dangerous areas where we might end up being punished.”

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