Duran unfit for AmaZulu clash
Posted: 14 November 2008 Time: 17:41
It could be a case of out of the fire and into the frying pan for Bay United when they travel to the Princess Magogo Stadium to play AmaZulu in the Absa Premiership tomorrow afternoon.
Despite a midweek league defeat, however, the Herald newspaper reports that the mood in the United camp remains upbeat and officials and players insist Umlilo’s flame has not been doused.
It is vital, therefore, that United’s coach, Vladislav Heric, rekindles his team’s spark and lust for points ahead of tomorrow’s showdown.
United, with only seven points to show from seven outings, need vital points to avoid getting involved in a bitter battle at the wrong end of the table.
Umlilo slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Thanda Royal Zulu on Wednesday when they were badly let down by poor finishing.
Adding to United’s problems is that inspirational skipper Duran Francis has not recovered sufficiently from the injury he sustained against Thanda Royals.
“Unfortunately for us Duran has failed a fitness test and will not take his place in the side,” Bay United’s communications officer, Vuyo Mvoko, said.
“The AmaZulu game is a big one for us and the guys will be looking to regroup and get back on the winning trail.
“I can tell you the mood in the camp is good and we are looking forward to the trip to Durban.”
Speaking after the Thanda Royal Zulu game, Bay United captain Francis rued the missed chances, but insisted: “We are not down and out. We can, and will, improve.”
United defender Cyril Nzama echoed Francis‘s sentiments. “We are actually not bad. We can fix our mistakes. I‘m sure we are going to stage a serious come- back this weekend.”