Johnson reflects on AmaZulu’s win over Bucks


Cavin Johnson

AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson felt that his side should have defeated Mthatha Bucks in regulation time on Wednesday night.

The two teams drew 2-2 after extra-time in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 match which was played at the King Zweilithini Stadium in Durban.

Usuthu went on to secure their place in the Last 16 after defeating Amathol’amnyama 3-0 on penalties.

“In the first-half we could have done a lot better especially when we were building up play. (Camaldine) Abraw could have done better with the balls. But in the end it was 0-0 at half-time,” he said.

Mashale Rantabane scored the opener for Bucks in the 57th minute, but Sadat Ouro-Akoriko levelled matters for AmaZulu eight minutes later. The match ended in a 1-1 draw in regulation time and extra-time followed.

“We warned the players that they needed to be careful when defending set-pieces because they (Bucks) are good from set-pieces. They were not careful and Bucks scored from a set-piece. Then we had to push for an equalizing goal,” he continued.

“The equalizing goal was fantastic. We could have scored one or two goals immediately after that. If Jimmy (Simphiwe Lumkwana)’s first touch was a little bit better then we would have scored. It could have been 3-1, but it was not be.

Lumkwana went on to make it 2-1 to AmaZulu two minutes into the first-half of extra-time. However, Bucks equalized after Usuthu goalkeeper Boalefa Pule had committed a mistake in the 122nd minute.

“It’s part of the game and yes, you hope that the concentration can last. I think it’s a lapse of concentration on his behalf and probably on behalf of the team,” Johnson said.

“You expect him to be a lot better and you don’t put blame, because when you down you got to get back up, you got to work on it.

“You are going to try and create the same scenario and see if they react the same way. If they react the same then you know it is something in the head,” he concluded.

AmaZulu will take on Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Friday, 16 February 2018.

Kick-off is at 20h00.

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