AmaZuluFC.net had a chat with defender Thamsanqa Teyise to get his views on the win against AmaTuks and the next Absa Premiership game against Bloemfontein Celtic.
AmaZuluFC.net: Congratulations on the win over AmaTuks; what was your assessment of the game?
Thamsanqa Teyise: It wasn’t an easy game at all but we were determined to win.
The conditions were not good but there was nothing we could do about it, so we told ourselves that we have to keep things simple and put them under pressure.
AmaZuluFC.net: You kept another clean sheet in those difficult conditions, how important was that for the team?
TT: It was very important because since the start of the season we’ve been conceding goals, which put us under pressure and also affected how we played going forward.
The heavy rain and the wet pitch made it extra difficult, especially for us as defenders because we had to time our tackles well and also make sure we didn’t lose the ball in dangerous areas.
AmaZuluFC.net: You were the man who was given the task of staying close to Mame Niang; how was that experience?
TT: It was tough! He is very tall and on top of that he also moves around a lot. Like I said, timing was very important because of the conditions and also because I had to get to the ball first.
I can’t take the credit alone because Philani (Cele) was also there, and the rest of the team also did well to restrict the supply into the box.
I think it worked because we kept them at bay for most parts of the game, although we did make a few mistakes.
AmaZuluFC.net: The goal only came inside the final ten minutes, were you getting worried that you were headed for another draw or something worse?
TT: We created many chances but in the end we had to wait until the last few minutes to score, but what matters the most is that we got the three points. We would have liked to kill the game early, but I think their goalkeeper also had a good game.
AmaZuluFC.net: Next up is a trip to Bloemfontein Celtic, who are difficult to beat at homeShare