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The Soweto giants have found themselves flirting with relegation just one point better than the Black Leopards, who are in last place.
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Dumisani Zuma admitted that they face another possible surprise when they visit AmaZulu for Wednesday’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) game at Jonsson Kings Park, but added that it is their responsibility to rescue themselves from their difficult situation.
Having played nine league games so far this season, the Chiefs have managed just one win, four draws and the same number of losses, a streak that has placed them 14th in the table with only one point better than the Black Leopards from the basement.
As they struggle to improve their season, Zuma has refused to blame outside forces for their problems, saying it is up to them to get up.
“Everybody knows the situation we’re in and it’s very important for us to get that win,” Zuma told the Chiefs. website.
“Everyone is very focused. We have gotten into this situation and we have to fight and climb the classification. Winning is vital and so is accumulating the points we have available. “
The Chiefs have been unable to win in their last seven league games and Zuma worries that AmaZulu could extend his difficult streak.
The Chiefs midfielder says the arrival of coach Benni McCarthy, who appears to have instilled confidence in Usuthu, could complicate things for them.
“From my experience, they are always a difficult opponent to play. Again, they have players and a new coach, so we don’t really know much about them. It’s going to be difficult, but we know that if we stick to our philosophy, we will do well, “said Zuma.
“We know very well that it is difficult to play against AmaZulu on their own turf. But we have to believe in ourselves and as we saw last season we scored late when we played them away from home. So they put you to the test, but you have to stick to your game plan and if you persevere, you can get a positive result. “
Zuma is looking forward to his first start to the season, having appeared in Amakhosi’s last three league games after missing the start of the campaign due to injury.
“I had been struggling with the fitness of the game … these minutes that I have been getting are going to increase my confidence and my stamina,” said Zuma.