Johnson: Usuthu underestimated Ubuntu

Cavin Johnson

AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson has reflected on their defeat to Ubuntu Cape Town.

Usuthu were edged out 3-2 by a stubborn Ubuntu side in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 match which was played at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Friday.

Johnson felt that his charges underestimated Ubuntu, who are campaigning in the National First Division (NFD).

“We made two mistakes in the first few minutes of the game and they were 2-0 up,” Johnson said.

“The biggest thing was that we underestimated the team that we were playing against in the first-half. We underestimated them in such a way that they went into the break leading 2-0 and they had their tails up.

The Mother City side was leading 2-0 at the interval thanks to two goals from Clint Fredericks and Duncan Adonis.

“We had to come out and take the game to them in the second-half. We had around 80% of the ball possession, but we could not score. We then got two goals, and chased the third one which we could not get,” he said.

Kamohelo Mahlatsi made it 3-0 to the visitors after restart, while Mabhuti Khenyeza and Ovidy Karuru both grabbed two late goals for Usuthu.

“I do not think we were in good form in the final third, We had so many chances and you would expect the players to have that streetwise attitude in the box,” the former SuperSport United head coach added.

“Players get so nervous in the last third especially the way we were in their box. We were there and we were hit the crossbar several times, and we could not put the ball into the back of the net.

“That is what happens in the game of this magnitude – we underestimated the opponents in the first-half and we got punished. Good luck to Ubuntu. We have to go back and put all our effort in the league games,” he concluded.

AmaZulu will travel to the FNB Stadium where they are scheduled to face Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership match on Saturday. Kick-off is at 18h00.

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