10 February 2009

Zimba back in business

Collen Zimba's winning goal against AmaZulu has given the striker a motivational boost as United head into the vital final stretch of the PSL season.

Following Brice Aka's equaliser in the 70th minute, three minutes later Zimba picked up on a loose ball inside the AmaZulu box before jinking past two defenders and then placing a low shot into the bottom corner of the net.

It was a brilliant piece of individual skill and gave Maritzburg a massive boost in their quest to move up the table as they went on to earn the maximum three points.

With Aka and Fadlu Davids (who is to return from suspension) regular scorers this season, coach Gordon Igesund now has the luxury of having to decide which striker to leave out, should he go for the traditional 4-4-2 formation in United’s next game.

Igesund was thrilled with both Zimba's contribution and the all round performance of his side against Usuthu.

“It was a must-win match for us so that we can get ourselves in the mix. I don’t think we deserved to be trailing by that goal in the first half but I am happy with the way my players showed character and never say die attitude.

“Of course, this away win will boost the confidence ahead of other away matches lined up. But I must point out that in some away matches, we were unlucky to be on the losing end after putting up a brave fight.

“I want to say well done to Collen Zimba... we know he scores goals, and I want to really work on him and get him to a level. All the players worked their butts off today (Sunday), and showed great character to come back from a goal down.”

Zimba has found himself on the bench for a large portion of the season, but is now determined to make his mark upon the team, and it couldn't have come at a better time with every game being of such vital importance.

"Being sidelined for a long time is not easy at all, but this goal has lifted my spirits and will work hard to ensure that I get selected and help the team avoid relegation,” he told Kick Off.