Folz praises 10-man Usuthu’s effort

Lehlohonolo Majoro of AmaZulu challenged by Daniel Cardoso of Sekhukhune United during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between Sekhukhune and AmaZulu at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Pretoria on 31 December 2022 Β© Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC head coach Romain Folz praised his charges following the team’s encounter against Sekhukhune United over the weekend.

Usuthu were reduced to 10 players in the second-half, but Folz’s side contained Babina Noko until the DStv Premiership match ended in a 0-0 draw in Polokwane on Saturday.

“I must give credit to the players they pushed hard, [but] unfortunately we are not happy with the result,” Folz said.

“It is a game we should have buried in the first half. We had chances to score in the first 30 minutes. So, we will take the point but we are not happy [and] we aim to do better in our next game.”

Ethan Brooks was red carded in the 63rd minute after picking up his second yellow card of the team and Folz was pleased with how the team defended following the 21-year-old playmaker’s dismissal.

“After the red card for close to 30 minutes we had to drop by 20 yards, we had to reduce the space [between goalkeeper and defence] knowing that we were outnumbered,” he continued.

“So, our challenge was to try to concede as few chances as possible and give them as little space as possible and be effective on the counter. We had a couple of chances in the final third.

“We were [also] able to deny them chances. I don’t think our goalkeeper [Veli Mothwa] had to make any saves except for the one that came straight to him.”

Furthermore, the French tactician, who remains undefeated as AmaZulu coach, was happy with his charges’ physical condition.

“So, we were very good. It is also linked to our physical attributes. We were much better physically, we would have been able to repeat this effort,” he added.

“If we were to play another 10 minutes, we would have done that.”

AmaZulu are set to square off with Royal AM in a KwaZulu-Natal Derby encounter on Sunday at the Chatsworth Stadium. Kick-off is at 15h30.