Mngqithi defends youngsters


AmaZulu coach Manqoba ‘TV’ Mngqithi defended his young team at the end of Wednesday night’s 2-1 upset loss over Supersport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

“In a game of football you win some you lose some. Today I don’t think we deserved to lose neither do I think we deserved to draw but for me I look at the processes and if I’m happy with the processes, I’m saying at least what one is trying to build is getting somewhere,” said coach known as ‘TV’ after the match.

The coach praised the role of young players in right-back Mxolisi Mayongo and Dumisani Zwane who scored the KZN side’s first league goal in three matches. The UMzimkhulu-born man did not fail to mention his disappointment on the lack of decisiveness from his seasoned troops.

“To be honest I would be disappointed and worried but from the performance that the group that played today showed I was happy. I do believe they could have done better.

“Maybe with better ball retention we could have dominated the match easily and I think everybody amongst the youngsters and the team in general can see that we are going somewhere and at times results in the early stages of the season can deceive you.

“They can be very good and you will think you have a good team and they can very bad but yet you are improving and climbing slowly. I’m very optimistic.

“Not even one youngster missed, the youngster got one chance and scored one goal. Senior players Shipahu got many chances and missed, I always feel it’s unfair to point all the negatives to the youngsters,” he added.

When posed with the question of whether the penalty scored which was converted by Jabu Maluleke in the 78th minute was valid, the 40 year old shrugged it off electing to highlight the fact that it could have been avoided.

“The last chance that we created with Ayanda and Tangeni sliding in, I think that should have sealed the game off.

Unfortunately they went straight to getting a penalty. The second goal was a very foolish one, from a senior player not a youngster.

Because Bongani Mbele is a senior player and people are complaining about youngsters to me youngsters are the ones that have done better,” he said.

AmaZulu have an away date with Jomo Cosmos in two weeks time to try and record their first win of the season.

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