Johnson takes positive from TKO exit


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 applauded his side for playing their hearts out as they bowed out of the Telkom Knockout quarter finals on Saturday night at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

“I thought we had them against the ropes for periods of the game but at the same time we made two terrible mistakes and they capitalised on them.”

Orlando Pirates were the first to get onto the scoreboard through a goal from Thembinkosi Lorch late into the first half, however due to their resilience Usuthu pulled one back through Bonginkosi Ntuli in the 40th minute. It however fell apart for the boys in green and white much later in the game.

Johnson also spoke about the team being aware of the danger that Orlando Pirates brought with them coming from a win and this being a cup match.

“It being a cup game, we knew exactly what pirates were going to do, I thought the first goal was an error from my team and sat the back.”

Goals from Xola Mlambo and Thembinkosi Lorch in extra time sealed Orlando Pirates win through to the semi-finals.

“We wish Orlando Pirates all the best in the next half of the Telkom Knockout.” he said.

Johnson believes that the team has to place all their focus and energy on what’s next which is the league.

“We have to buckle down and concentrate on the next competition which is the league.”

AmaZulu FC’s next encounter is against Polokwane City on 11 November at the King Zwelithini stadium.

Kick off is at 15:30.

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