AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson has reflected on the team’s victory over their KwaZulu-Natal rivals Lamontville Golden Arrows.
Usuthu grabbed the bragging rights when they defeated Abafana Bes’thende 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match which was played at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday night.
Two second-half goals from Siyethemba Mnguni secured the victory for Usuthu, who moved into the top eight on the league standings.
“We both teams were playing a little bit of a wait and see game, but at the same time we tried our best to get inside their box,” Johnson said.
“It was like playing against a counter-attacking team, if you are not clever enough and you do not move the ball around properly. Then the counter attacking team will always catch you.
Knox Mutizwa opened the scoring for Arrows in the early stages of the second-half, but Usuthu attacking midfielder Mnguni stole the show with a brace.
“We came out a lot smarter in the second-half, but they scored a goal. We spoke about the goal that we conceded. It was exactly like how we said they wanted to score,” the experienced tactician continued.
“They try to get the ball behind you in the space and score – that’s what they did. But the (AmaZulu) players put in a good effort as to how we wanted to play and credit should go to them because the played well the whole game.
Arrows winger Danny Venter and AmaZulu midfielder Michael Morton were both sent off in the closing stages of an enthralling KwaZulu-Natal Derby.
“They scored two goals, but the red card that we received was not necessary. That’s football – now we have lost one of our key players. He is suspended for the next few games,” he added.
“The last time we (faced Arrows) they beat us 4-1 and everyone said we got a hiding. A 2-1 win is exactly the same thing. Whether you lose 10-0 or 1-0 it is still the same thing.
“So, it was payback time for AmaZulu. We are happy to get the three points that we fought for,” Johnson concluded.
Usuthu will now host National First Division (NFD) side Mthatha Bucks in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday.
Kick-off is at 19h30.Share