Gumede praises non regulars’ mettle

AmaZulu right-back Mbongeni ‘Shoes’ Gumede has attributed their midweek Nedbank Cup qualification performance at the Athlone Stadium against Santos to teamwork.

The former SA skipper, who was also assigned the captaincy role on the day, says he was even more impressed by the performance of debutant and man of the match Neil Boshoff in goals.

“Neil did well, he pulled out some fine saves during the match and saved two penalties. All in all I think everybody wanted to show that they’re there and can fight for the team,” said Gumede.

Head Coach Joey Antipas’ men will, however, need to be more cautious of their wounded opponent come Saturday when they meet in the all important league fixture at the same venue.

“Yesterday they came out with more regular players and they really came at us but we did well as a team. We scored first but a little lapse in concentration led to the equalizer.

“We didn’t underestimate them and we won’t on Saturday, we’re expecting a tougher match because we all need the three points,” he said.

The match will kickoff at 15:30pm. The People’s Team lie 15th on the log with 11 points while Usuthu have collected in 17 points from their 13 league matches.

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