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Usuthu captain gathers behind Mothwa after SuperSport howl



AmaZulu FC captain Makhehleni Makhaola has pledged the side’s support for goalkeeper Veli Mothwa, whose two weepers saw them lose their DStv Premiership game against SuperSport United last weekend.

Mothwa fiddled with what looked like an easy catch and the ball fell for Jesse Donn who shoved it into an unmanned goal. He also messed up a distance and the ball ended up at the feet of Rodney Rainers, who sent him past Mothwa who advanced to close the gap.

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Makhaola says it was a human error and that Mothwa saved them from difficult situations in the past so they can’t blame him for the mistakes.

“We played well and created a lot of chances, only if it’s not your day… They didn’t create that many chances. It was just that we happened to make two mistakes and not cover our goalkeeper well,” said Makhaola. “He helped us a lot last season and this season. Without him we would not have progressed to the group stage. We don’t blame him, we all make mistakes… We stand behind him 100%.”

Usuthu is away this weekend for the Café Champions League, where they meet Tunisian ES Sétif on Saturday at the Stade du 5 Juillet.

Durban’s side are second in Group B on six points, three behind leader Raja Casablanca. They are ahead of Sétif by the same points and Horoya AC is last as they have no points yet.

Makhaola says they need the three points to be in a good position to advance to the knockout stage.

“The mentality of the players is good, the coaches have prepared us very well. They (ES Sétif) have a new coach and it is clear that they want revenge. But we are going there with a good mentality. The preparations have been good and everything seems to be fine.

“It will be a very difficult game for us away from home, but we have to win this game. They have nothing to lose, so they will come at us with everything they have.

“For us it will be more about trying to control the pace of the game and how they are coming at us.

“We have to make sure we don’t concede too early and seize our chances. Opportunities will always be there, we create chances… We have to hit them on the counter. We both need the three points, but we need them more because if we get them, we’ll be in a good place to move on to the next stage.”

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