Ayanda Dlamini pleased with Reserves fighting spirit in derby


AmaZulu Reserves head coach Ayanda Dlamini has pointed out lapses in concentration as the major contributing factor to their loss 3-2 loss against Lamontville Golden Arrows at the King Zwelithini stadium in the Diski Shield on 7 April.

The encounter proved to be a highly contested affair. The visitors drew first blood in the opening half within 38 minutes of play, courtesy of Thando Kwela and Siboniso Conco who later got a brace.

“We gave away the match in the first half, we gave them easy goals , we had many chances to score as well.”

“I think in the first fifteen minutes we had three clear chances, we didn’t convert them and we were punished for that, ‘’ he said.

Dlamini however praised his side for the fighting spirit they displayed in the second stanza of the match which saw Usuthu putting up a good fight.

Bayanda Shangase scored a brace, with one goal being converted from the penalty spot.

“In the second half we were much better, everyone was prepared to fight even harder, hence the two goals we got.”

“We did not capitalize on the fifty- fifty balls, the only thing the boys need is to have that fighting spirit because tactically I believe we were quite good,’’ he concluded.

AmaZulu have three points gathered from the two matches played in their group while Arrows have collected six points.

AmaZulu’s next encounter will see them take on Chippa United at the King Zwelithini stadium on 14 April. Kick Off is at 10:00.

Depending on the result in the match between Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United Usuthu may yet still make it to the next phase of the competition.

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