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Usuthu, Wits in danger

2012-12-10 11:17:20.0 | SBU MJIKELISO |

THE bad news for lovers of goals is that the Absa Premiership clash between AmaZulu and Bidvest Wits features two teams with just two goals between them in the last three games - one of which was an own goal.

The good news is that both teams will go all out for the vital three points.

Relegation-threatened Usuthu have scored two goals in three games, including an Ayanda Mtshali own goal in the 1-1 draw with Black Leopards in midweek.

With just six goals in 13 matches this season, Usuthu remain the most sterile team in front of goal.

New coach Craig Rosslee has the tough task of moving AmaZulu off the foot of the table within the next three games, otherwise his team will face a black Christmas.

The task has been made harder by the fact that three strikers are struggling for fitness and form.

Rosslee gave strikers Mkhokheli Dube, Josef Lekata and Sifiso Vilakazi an ultimatum to either "shape up or ship out".

"The reality is that they have to shape up or ship out because we can't afford to wait for players to come (back to full fitness) when they are ready. They have to be ready now," Rosslee said.

"We have to turn the corner but we are only going to do it with players that are ready.

"They have to contribute over the next two weeks. Over the course of the transfer window, we will make a decision if we're not happy with the players' attributes.

"Wits are a stubborn and stale team and they are compact in defence. They defend very deep and counter with a quick striker upfront - either Calvin Kadi or Thembinkosi Fanteni. Hopefully they come with a different game plan, which allows more space at the back, so we can get the strikers in."

Wits have not scored in any of their past three matches. Coach Antonio Lopez Habas will be tearing his hair out if his team does not improve on the two goalless draws against Ajax Cape Town and University of Pretoria, and the 2-0 loss to Orlando Pirates.

However, the Students could be back to winning ways should Kadi find his scoring boots.

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