Usuthu players address crisis talk


AmaZulu captain Tapelo Xoki and goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha have broken the silence regarding their poor start to the 2019/20 campaign.

Usuthu are still looking for their first win of the season and are sitting at the bottom of the Absa Premiership log after four matches.

Before their 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates, which is the only good result they have recorded so far, their players addressed rumours of division in their camp.

"There's always going to be negative talk about the team but it's not up to us to entertain them, our job is to play football, not to entertain what is written in the papers," said Xoki.

"Some of us don't even read some of these things we hear, we just go to training every day trying to improve, trying to get better. We look at ourselves and the games we've played.

"We are honest with each other, analyse our games with coaches to look at our mistakes and see where we can improve so those are things we focus on more than anything else. The talks and all of that are not for us, we are footballers, not supporters or journalists."

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Mbatha agreed with his captain by emphasising that negative talk will always be there, especially when the team is not doing well, and assured Usuthu fans that there are no issues in the dressing room.

"As far as I know we don't have any problems in our dressing room, we are still the same team that we were last season. The support amongst the players is still there, I think everyone knows when the team is not doing well there's talk from outside, and now it's important that we try to keep it together," he added.

"It would've been a different story if the team was doing well, then people wouldn't be saying there's problems in our dressing room. We can't allow outsiders to destabilise what we've been building in the past two seasons together as a team, we do not have any problems as a team."

Usuthu will be hoping to use the international break to sort out their performance as they will return with two tough encounters against Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs, both with home advantage in Durban.