AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson was pleased with how his charges performed against Baroka FC over the weekend.
Usuthu began their 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign with a 1-0 victory over Bakgaga in an Absa Premiership encounter on Saturday night.
Siyethemba Sithebe, who was formerly known as Siyethemba Mnguni, scored the only goal of the match which was played at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban.
“We played very well in the first-half – playing a good brand of football and we should have scored more than one goal,” Johnson said.
“In the second-half was scrappy than the first half. We knew that they would come at us. Baroka are a running team and they still have that mentality where they run at you.
“Credit should go to the players, even though, we did not have a good second-half. We defended well in the second-half,” he continued.
“It is the start of the new season and we have a few medical problems in the change room because of tackles from behind. We will see what happens.
“We are happy to get the three points in the first game like we did last season at the King Zwelithini Stadium. We did a good job against Baroka,” Johnson added.
“We made sure we stamped our authority on the game especially at home.”
Usuthu’s new signings – goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, central defender Xolani Slawula and striker Emiliano Tade all made their official debut for the team against Baroka.
“Moeneeb did very well, but in some moments, he has to understand that we like to play from the back. But he is an experienced goalkeeper and he is able to keep his line solid,” he said.
“Slawula came on in the second-half and he did a good job. Tade did well in the first-half especially. We threw him in – so that he can find out what the PSL is all about.
“Tade got a very good welcoming because the PSL is a lot quicker than anywhere else. They tend to kick you more in the PSL – so he needs to be careful,” he explained.
AmaZulu’s next league game is against SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on Wednesday.
Johnson’s side defeated Matsatsantsa both home and away in the league last season. A 2-0 victory in Durban on 20 January 2018 was followed by a 1-0 win in Pretoria in March 11 days later.
“We are going to SuperSport United on Wednesday. Hopefully we will do exactly what we did last year. But it is a different campaign because last season is history,” he added.
“If I could turn back history, then I would take that (victory) again. But it is the future and we are not God. We have to go out there and do our best, and fight again.
“We have to be on our toes when we face SuperSport,” the 59-year-old trainer concluded.
Kick-off between AmaZulu and SuperSport is at 19h30 CAT.Share