Ntuli: Our hopes are still quite high

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AmaZulu will head into their final six Absa Premiership games of the season with relegation staring them in the face but the club’s leading top scorer Bongi Ntuli is optimistic that they will move above the dreaded dotted line.

Ntuli is amped up for the restart of the league in Gauteng and planning to continue his goal-scoring prowess and fire ‘Usuthu’ out of the relegation zone.

“I think we’re ready as a team,” said Ntuli, who led AmaZulu to victory against table-topping Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium in what was their last encounter in March before the national lockdown due to Covid-19.

According to Opta Jabu, Ntuli has scored 85% of AmaZulu’s league goals this term, 12 out of 14 with the KwaZulu Natal side averaging 0,58 goals per game (gpg) this season (14 in 24), the lowest gpg ratio of all Premier Soccer League (PSL) sides.

Ntuli (12) is only two goals behind, PSL top scorer Gabadinho Mhango (14) of Orlando Pirates. Picture: AmaZulu. 

“We have the belief that we can come out of the position we’re currently in,” he added.

With six games remaining, AmaZulu are 15th on the log standings, tied on 23 points with Baroka FC and Polokwane City in 13th and 14th place respectively. Only eight points separates ninth-placed Bloemfontein Celtic and bottom-placed Black Leopards.

“Our hopes are still quite high, everyone has been pushing at training even though it has been a long and difficult wait.

“We have to go onto our game against Baroka with everything we’ve got,” concluded the 29-year striker.

AmaZulu will be based at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, in Atteridgeville, Pretoria for the remainder of the PSL season in the Bio Bubble.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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