Franco Martin demands more after City win

Pablo Franco head coach of AmaZulu FC celebrates goal during the DStv Premiership 2023/24 match between AmaZulu FC and Cape Town City on the 17 September 2023 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC head coach Pablo Franco Martin was delighted with his side’s win over Cape Town City, but he demands more from Usuthu.

Usuthu showed character as they came from behind to secure a 3-2 win over the Citizens in a thrilling DStv Premiership match played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday.

It was the KwaZulu-Natal giants’ second successive win in the local top-flight and the club’s Spanish tactician has reflected on the five-goal thriller.


“We’re very far from the level I want, they were better than us, this is the reality. I’m honest, I think today they deserved more,” Franco Martin said.

“And with this, I don’t mean that our players didn’t deserve to win because they fought in the end and took their chances. But I think they are a better team than us right now.

Goals from Mbongeni Gumede and Sere Junior Dion (brace) earned Usuthu the win which has elevated the Durban-based side to the fourth spot on the DStv Premiership standings.

“They are working with two gears in the same idea and you can’t see the difference. They also have good players with quality on the field. When you are on the field next to them you feel it and we suffered a lot,” Franco Martin continued.

“But football is about that, to know how to suffer, to know how to overcome difficulties. But we’re still at the beginning of the process. We’re very, very far from the level I want for the team.

“But it’s much better to say this, now we’re in a better position. As a coach I’m demanding, also in my personal life, I think if you don’t push yourself, then there’s no way to improve.”

AmaZulu will be away to Polokwane City at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on 25 September in a DStv Premiership match.