Johnson reflects on Usuthu-Sundowns clash


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 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Brazilians beat Usuthu 3-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Friday night.

Mhlengi Cele netted for AmaZulu, while Ricardo Nascimento and Sibusiso Vilakazi (brace) scored for Sundowns.

“It’s hard, I thought we had a penalty shout in the first half. We could have been 1-0 up before they scored their goal,” Johnson said.

“At 1-1 I thought both teams were going at each other and they scored the second goal but you have to give them credit for the quality they have in their team.

Usuthu are now placed 12th on the league standings with 27 points from 23 games. They are only two points behind eighth-placed Bidvest Wits.

“But then, the man in the middle spoiled the game not only for me but for the spectators who come here and paid good money to watch the game,” the experienced coach continued.

“He spoiled the game and after that I think the game went out of the window. We tried to press them and enter their final third but we were not clinical enough.

“The decision on the third goal blew the whole game out of the window. It was just not good enough, completely unacceptable.”

Usuthu will now take on National First Division (NFD) side Ubuntu Cape Town in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Friday.

Kick-off is at 20h00.

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