AmaZulu striker Sifiso Vilakazi believes his side have to go back to the drawing board and continue working hard following their loss to Moroka Swallows in an MTN8 quarterfinal clash at the Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday.
Goals from Lerato Chabangu and Siyabonga Nomvethe saw the Dube Birds going two goals ahead midway through the second half, with Usuthu failing to reduce the deficit despite their late onslaught.
“It was a difficult game for the team,” said Vilakazi who came on as a substitute early in the second half.
“I think we have to take some positives from our performance in the second half and go upwards.
“Everything is coming okay; I’m settling into the team.
“We are still trying different combinations at training with the guys but I think we will be okay.”
Meanwhile defender Marc Van Heerden believes their wastefulness in front of goal and the weakened defence affected their chances of getting a positive result from this match.
Roger Palmgren’s men went into this game without the injured defender Carlington Nyadombo, central midfielder Stanley Kgatla, as well as Belux Kasonga.
“If you don’t take your chances then you won’t win the game or equalise to go into extra time,” said Van Heerden. “It’s cup football so if you don’t convert your chances it’s game over for you.
“If you lose two of your centre-backs it’s crucial because you build such partnerships over pre-season and over the years.
“When you lose them and you have two fairly semi-experienced players coming into the side it becomes difficult at the back.
“But,a ll credit to Swallows, they did well; let’s just pick our heads up and look forward to the season from here.”
AmaZulu will kick off their league campaign against Kaizer Chiefs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday at 6pm.