Johnson: Usuthu making King Zwelithini a fortress


Cavin Johnson, coach of AmaZulu during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 AmaZulu training session at Moses Mabhida Outer Fields, Durban on 15 August 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson lauded his charges following the team’s victory over Free State Stars on Sunday afternoon.

Two second-half goals from Emiliano Tade and Mhlengi Cele earned Usuthu a 2-1 victory over Ea Lla Koto in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban.

Usuthu captain Mbongeni Gumede’s first-half own-goal handed Stars the lead, but the hosts fought back in the second-half and they secured their second win of the 2018/19 season.

“In the first half we did not get into the last third as often as we would like to, but we came back into the dressing room and we said to the players, ‘You know what guys, it’s up to you’,” Johnson said.

“We have been training very, very well and I have to give it to the players for the effort, the momentum and the will.

The victory took Usuthu to third place on the league standings with six points from three matches. This was the KwaZulu-Natal giants’ second win at home having defeated Baroka FC 1-0 at the King Zwelithini Stadium on match day one.

“The second-half conversation was all about being calm, to do a little bit of tactical awareness as to where we want to go, and always to play wide. We did that and both goals came from wide areas,’ he continued.

“We won the game 2-1 so we are happy to carry on the second game at home to be a dominant force at our home, which I think all our teams should be. When teams come to our house they should know that they better be prepared for you.”

“But King Zwelithini has been good to us and hopefully the future of football at King Zwelithini becomes more and more, and our supporters are more and more, and you guys [the media] get more and more.”

Usuthu’s next Absa Premiership match will be against Bidvest Wits at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday, August 29. Kick-off is at 19h30.

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