Folz: A draw would’ve been fair result

Miguel Timm of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Makhehleni Makhaula, Captain of AmaZulu FC during the MTN8 Final match between Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu held at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 05 November 2022 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC head coach Romain Folz believes the 2022 MTN8 final should have ended in a draw over the weekend.

Usuthu were narrowly defeated 1-0 by Orlando Pirates in a final which took place at 2013 Africa Cup of Nations venue, Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Folz, who was left to rue his side’s low intensity in the first-half, reflected on the match which was decided by Monnapule Saleng’s strike from a free-kick.

“I think we were very inactive in the first half, lacking moments on the ball,” Folz said.

“Our intensity was very low – I wouldn’t say Pirates were that much better than us. They got many free kicks and used one of them well.

“Second half was better, the ball was released much quicker. It allowed us more chances,” the French mentor continued.

“But unfortunately we couldn’t score…I would say a draw would have been a fair result. If we did better in the first half, it would have been a different outcome.

“It’s always easy to come after the game to say we should have done this or that, but I have no regrets about who I chose to start the game.”

AmaZulu will face off with Mamelodi Sundowns in a Carling Black Label Cup semi-final encounter on Saturday.

The winner will take on either Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates in the final of the one-day tournament at the same venue.