Mbatha makes heartfelt plea to his Usuthu teammates


AmaZulu FC goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha has summed up their 1-0 loss against Polokwane City to a lack concentration despite ticking all the right boxes throughout the referee’s regular minutes of the play on 10 August.

Quized after the match in what was also the Umlazi born minder’s first Absa Premiership start for the season he said: “What can I say? It was another bad day for us at the office, and what can we do?”

“I think we planned well for them. You could see it. They never had chances. We knew their only plan was for George Chigiva to hit the ball from the goal kick to our own box and I think we delt with that as a team, ” said Mbatha.

According to the 30 year old man a last minute lapse in concentration cruelly undid all his defense’s hard work with centre back pairing of captain Tapelo Xoki and Tshepo Gumede having kept the physically imposing attack of Polokwane’s Mohammed Anas contained through out the match.

“I think the board had went up and said three minutes. We had played three minutes if I’m not mistaken and I think we went to sleep. That’s how we got punished,” said Mbatha.

Casting his sight soberly ahead of the next encounters he challenged Usuthu to dig deeper to turn their fortunes around.

“It’s getting tougher. I think we need to do for our fans, our coaches because as a team we need to take full responsibility now and say we got ourselves into this situation and how we do get ourselves out of it because I think we’ve got the capabilities.”

“For me I don’t think this is something we need to put ourselves into every season because last year we had 1 point after 6 games and only started picking up points only after. I think it’s important that we start our season very well,” he said.

On 20 August AmaZulu will host Orlando Pirates at the King Zwelithini with one thing in mind.

Despite a dangerous equipped approach in the past two matches Usuthu are yet to find the back of net this season.

The Old Peter Mokaba crowd was in jovial mood throughout the match in favour of the home team.

The home team fans were made to hold their breaths in a number of moments as Cavin Jonhon’s men made numerous attempts at goal with Siyethemba Sithebe, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Jabulani Ncobeni and Andre de Jong all instrumental in spearheading their attacks.

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