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Rosslee upbeat ahead of a cup tie

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(Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
(Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

AmaZulu FC Head Coach Craig Rosslee is feeling upbeat ahead of their crucial clash against Free State Stars in the Telkom Knock-Out first-round on Saturday afternoon at the Goble Park Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 15:00 CAT.

Usuthu are joint leaders in the league and they will be aiming to take their great league run to cup matches as they face struggling Free State Stars in the first round of the Telkom Knock-Out Cup. Ea Lla Koto will be eager to do well in this competition after crashing out of the MTN8 in the first-round to champions Platinum Stars.

Rosslee said this time around they have to do something different to advance in cup matches after the club failed to win any silverware in the last couple seasons.

“This challenge is different than last season when we played in the Nedbank Cup," the 43-year-old coach said. "We made decisions to rotate the squad completely in our first game.

“This season is different to last season because we are in top half of the league compared to last campaign when we were fighting relegation. We had to rest some key players in the cup matches so that they can feel fresh for the league match to fight for our survival."

The last time AmaZulu came close to winning the cup was back in 2010 when they lost in the Final of the Nedbank Cup to Bidvest Wits. Rosslee added that this season they will be challenging for every honour on offer and he has almost a full squad to choose from going into this weekend’s match.

“We are going to Free State Stars match with full strength squad and this season we will challenge for each and every honour available. We have managed to make sure that we manage the players well in terms of injuries.

“We have few injuries here and there, but there are players that have stepped in such as Nkhosinathi Mthiyane in his first season in the PSL. Our players are responding well in the field despite being a team with smallest squad in the Premier Soccer League,” concluded the former Ajax Cape Town head coach.