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SA SOCCER NEWS
Rautmann Pleads With Usuthu Faithful 04/12/03
Zulu Royals coach Walter Rautmann has urged the Usuthu faithful to come out in their thousands when they tackle Hellenic at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday.

In what is a crucial game for both teams as they stave to fight off relegation, Rautmann believes the added support will motivate his charges in their quest for three valuable points.

"The key to this team being successful is support. We need the fans to come and fill the stadium and support the boys," Rautmann told SASoccer365.com on Thursday.

"In 1990 there were 55 000 supporters when we were in the Bob Save final and I'm pleading with them, please come back and cheer the players on.

"One of the reasons Chiefs and Pirates do so well is because of their supporters and we too have that support. I've seen it before and it is most important for the players."

"Hellenic need a win as bad as we do to get out of that relegation area and the fans will be vital."

Rautmann, known as Mr Fitness in soccer circles,  also said a more committed Royals team would be seen against the Greek Gods.

"The boys are getting fitter and soon there'll be no lapses of concentration during a game," Rautmann said.

"When we played Ajax Cape Town I think we should have won that game but we made silly mistakes at the back and lost the game 3-2."

"There will definitely be a different team, not in positional changes but in attitude as well."

Royals are currently third from bottom of the Castle Premiership with a meager haul of seven points from 10 games.

Hellenic are firmly rooted to the foot of the table with two points from 10 starts.

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