“We were not playing our best football” – Coach Pablo Franco Martin

Pablo Franco head coach of AmaZulu FC. 17 February 2024 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

AmaZulu were beaten 3-1 by struggling Cape Town Spurs at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening in the DStv Premiership.

Coach Pablo Franco Martin has spoken about the match and mainly discussed what came to Usuthu’s disadvantage in the encounter. 

Franco believes that the lack of “player reliability” in the defence was a factor that cost the team the game. 

“What we can improve on is the chances that we were conceding,” said Franco Martin. 

“We need to understand that we were not at our best level. What we need to do is work harder and play with more solidarity.”

Disappointed by the result, Franco Martin maintains a positive outlook on the next fixtures and firmly believes that the team can still build up on the level needed to climb up the table.

He also noted that he has spoken to the players as individuals and collectively about the improvements that need to be made during play.

Going into the match, the tactician expressed that he knew it wasn’t going to be easy given Cape Town Spurs’ current position in the league. The Urban Warriors are currently trying to escape relegation and their win against Usuthu was only their second in the DStv Premiership.

“We knew it was going to be tough. Every game to them right now is like a final,” he added.

Franco Martin also said that Cape Town Spurs did one better by finishing the chances they had and were more accurate when it came to the counter-attack. 

Despite not landing some of the transfer targets he had hoped, Franco Martin believes that the team he has now is fully capable of competing and getting back to their best.