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AMAZULU care­taker coach Ayanda Dlamini be­lieves that play­ing with con­fi­dence will be the fuel that will drive the team out of the rel­e­ga­tion quag­mire in the fi­nal stretch of the PSL cam­paign.

It’s been a roller-coaster ride for Usuthu in the league this sea­son af­ter oc­cu­py­ing the base­ment of the stand­ings for the bet­ter part of the sea­son as they failed to hit top gear – de­spite the club re­plac­ing Cavin John­son with Jozef Vuku­sic. The Ser­bian though barely lived up to his lofty billing as the Dur­ban-based team only amassed 20 points in 23 matches be­fore Satur­day. Due to the un­der­whelm­ing record, Vuku­sic was placed on “spe­cial leave”.

Since then, as­sis­tant coach Dlamini, who has been as­sisted by vet­eran goal­keeper Moe­neeb Josephs, has been re­spon­si­ble for bark­ing in­struc­tions from the touch­line. Things got off to an im­pres­sive start for the coach­ing duo, caus­ing the big­gest up­set of the week­end as AmaZulu de­feated log lead­ers Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 away.

“It was a very good win, one that we des­per­ately needed. We played against the best in the league con­sid­er­ing they are No 1 on the log. So, we knew com­ing here was go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult, but the boys showed a very good fight­ing spirit,” said Dlamini on Satur­day. | Mih­lali Baleka

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