Kaizer Chiefs winger Dumisani Zuma is feeling a ray of hope about his form as he seeks to lift his contribution higher in the home stretch of what has been a difficult season for him.
Zuma has battled the demons of frustration through patches of injury sandwiched by a drop of form in a season in which the club has gone through a strain.
With a third of the season to play the 25-year-old is still without a goal in 12 appearances, none of which have been full shifts but will encouraged by the contribution that he made in the CAF Champions League tier against Horoya AC when he provided the assist that took Chiefs to the last eight.
"My confidence is back on the up after that game (against Horoya AC) which helped us qualify for the quarter-finals. The only issue is match fitness, but I think since I am always training with the team all will be well," says Zuma.
As the season meanders towards the end, he is aware of the need to raise his game and stamp his presence better than he has done.
The first opportunity will be on Wednesday against Cape Town City.
"It will be a difficult match because they have been doing well in their previous games. Even in the first leg in Cape Town they gave us a hard time so it will be a tough game, but I trust that as a team we will be able to win," he added.
"We have prepared well and as players we are aware of the situation that we are in. Every game that we play now is a must win for us."
Chiefs go into Wednesday’s game sitting in ninth position but with a chance of jumping into the half should they win.