Johnson, Karuru react to TKO victory


Gift Links of Cape Town City FC is challenged by Ovidy Karuru of AmaZulu FC during the Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 Amazulu FC and Cape Town City FC on the 23 October 2018 at King Zwelithini Stadium,Durban/ Pic Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson and Zimbabwean attacking midfielder Ovidy Karuru have attributed Usuthu’s gallant last 16 display towards the elimination of first half errors as they advanced to the quarter finals of the 2018 Telkom Knockout after beating Cape Town City 2-0 in Umlazi.

Johnson said: “It was a game of two halves. We came back and rectified a few errors. The players came to the party. I thought the first goal was well worked. The second goal was a steal.”

Usuthu’s first goal came in the 63rd minute courtesy of Emiliano Tade after a brilliant pass from Thembela Sikhakhane down the right flank. Just three minutes after, Bongi Ntuli secured a second goal for Usuthu as the visitors made a defensive mistake in the box.

Coach Cavin also commended his side for being able to hold onto the victory.

“We were a bit under pressure in the second half but credit to the boys, they held their own.”

AmaZulu will face Orlando Pirates in the quarter finals at home. Full details will be confirmed soon.

Karuru concurred with Johnson’s view that Usuthu started slow in the first half.

“Yes we started slow in the first half, but in the second half we came back and gave it our all, that is why we got two goals and sealed the match.’’

“I’m happy that the squad performed as a team and we complimented each other very well, especially in the second half, because we know it’s a cup game.”

“We needed to build our confidence so that when we play them on Saturday the mood will be much better,” said the 29 Zimbabwean international.

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