Johnson: Usuthu had Sundowns against the ropes

AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson was pleased with his side’s performance against Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday afternoon.

Usuthu were held to a 3-3 stalemate by the Brazilians in an Absa Premiership match which was played at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban.

However, Johnson was disappointed that his side conceded a late equaliser with Sibusiso Vilakazi scoring in the 86th minute to ensure that the game ended in a draw.

“I thought it was a good game of football. I thought my players did very well. They played very well. We planned for the goals and we got it,” Johnson said.

“In saying that we expected goals, with five minutes to go and you throw it away. Sometimes it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.

Usuthu’s goals were scored by Butholezwe Ncube, Jabulani Ncobeni and Bonginkosi Ntuli, while the defending league champions netted through Phakamani Mahlambi, Toni Silva as well as Vilakazi.

“I thought we had Sundowns against the ropes and I think we should have won it, but all in all it has been a great game of football. I think one of the better games this year,” he continued.

“We made a few defensive errors. We have to keep focused, stay on your toes. You cannot learn that. It is a culture that needs to be awakened.

Johnson was also satisfied with Sundowns loanee Ntuli’s performance on the day with the bulky striker having netted against his parent club.

“Ntuli is a plus for us. He played very well. I have known Bongs for many years. He gives you his heart,” Johnson concluded.

AmaZulu’s next Absa Premiership match will be against Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT.

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