Johnson: Usuthu showed character against Dikwena


Amazulu head coach Calvin Johnson

AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson reflected on their victory over Platinum Stars.

Usuthu edged out Dikwena 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match which was played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The victory took AmaZulu to eighth place on the league standings, while Stars remained 16th on the table and they were relegated to the National First Division (NFD).

“Look, I think it is the first game this season that I thought we did not play well. They were the better side tonight, but they misused their chances,” Johnson said.

Ovidy Karuru and Mhlengi Cele grabbed Usuthu’s two goals, while Letsie Koapeng netted Dikwena’s late consolation goal.

“The cross from (Sibusiso) Mabiiliso to Karuru was inch-perfect and Karuru finished it off nicely. Even the second goal, we worked well on the build-up and Cele finished it off very well and credit goes to them,” he said.

“Then we had to hold on to our lead in the late stages of the game. Sometimes you don’t play good football, but you grind out the results.

“If it happens at this stage of the season and you still manage to win, then credit should go to the players. In some moments we made mistakes, but we we still came out on top tonight. So, this builds character for the future,” he continued.

The KwaZulu-Natal giants will now take on Bidvest Wits at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off is at 15h00.

“Saturday’s game against Wits will be very difficult because they lost to Orlando Pirates,” he said.

“So, going there we need make sure that we get at least a point from the match. We have our work cut out for this game. We have to be 10 times better than we were against Stars.”

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