Johnson pleased with Pule’s display against Pirates


Cavin Johnson, coach of AmaZulu during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 09 December 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson reflected on the team’s stalemate against Orlando Pirates.

Usuthu and Bucs played to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match which was played at the iconic Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday night.

“We did not play like AmaZulu can play. I thought in the first-half we were okay,” Johnson said.

AmaZulu broke the deadlock when Usuthu striker Mhlengi Cele’s cross was turned home by Pirates defender Ntsikelelo Nyauza, who netted an own goal in the 23rd minute.

“We got the goal. I thought we could have scored the second goal. It could have eased our nerves. But one mistake from us and they managed to score,” the tactician continued.

Nyauza made amends for scoring an own goal as he netted in the 35th minute to make it 1-1. Johnson was pleased with how AmaZulu goalkeeper Boalefa Pule performed especially in the second-half as Pirates piled pressure on Usuthu.

“We know what type of a team Pirates are. They are a running team and they always fight back especially at Orlando Stadium. They always give you a hard time,” the former SuperSport United coach added.

“In the second-half we were not in the game. We were lucky not to concede. I thought our goalkeeper being part of the eleven players – did his job. He saved our bacon.

“We came to the Orlando Stadium with a point and we go back home with one point. We are happy. It’s always difficult that’s why.”

Usuthu will take on Cape Town City in an Absa Premiership match at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday. Kick-off is at 20h00.

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