Folz rues missed chances against Pirates

Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates challenges Mxolisi Kunene of AmaZulu FC during DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu FC at Orlando Stadium on the 14 October 2022 © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC head coach Romain Folz was left to rue his side’s missed chances against Orlando Pirates on Friday.

Usuthu were held to a 1-1 draw by the Buccaneers in a DStv Premiership match with Sphesihle Maduna opening the scoring to put the KwaZulu-Natal giants in the lead.


Folz, who was in charge of his first game for AmaZulu, indicated that he knew exactly what to expect from Pirates at the iconic Orlando Stadium.

“I think we did very well in the first half, it’s quite unfair that we didn’t score more in that period,” Folz said.

“I believe that the boys applied the game nicely, we knew Pirates were going to press us high in the first 25 minutes and give us space in behind.

“So, we were able to hit them behind their back three to four times. I believe we could have scored more.”

However, the French tactician was not pleased with the second half display after seeing energy levels drop from his charges and Bucs took control of the match.

“Then in the second half, we were okay in the first 10 minutes then after that we dropped physically,” the former Marumo Gallants head coach added.

“It’s a scenario of one of the big improvements for me (that I have to do at the club) if we want to play the way I want my team to play.

“We need a lot of movement off the ball, a lot of dynamism between the lines. When the body doesn’t react the way you want to react it is very difficult to play that type of football,” he added.

“So you start playing long (balls) and that goes a little bit against what we aimed. I don’t blame the boys, it is a process.”

AmaZulu are set to square off with Maritzburg United in a KwaZulu-Natal Derby encounter at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday.