Davids: We can't blame individuals
Posted: 19 May 2018 Time: 10:16 pm
Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids refused to point any fingers following the Nedbank Cup final loss to Free State Stars.
Goodman Dlamini's first-half strike was enough to hand Ea Lla Koto a 1-0 win and secured their first-ever Nedbank Cup title.
Davids insists that his players gave everything they had but maybe it was just not their time to lift silverware this season.
“It’s quite frustrating but we have to take it as a team we can’t blame individuals although it was a mistake these young kids will learn from this. We have to learn from these lessons hopefully next season we can correct it,” Davids told SuperSport TV.
“We made the error that was the only chance they had in the whole match but nobody will say Maritzburg had this possession, Maritzburg had this chance Free State Stars are the winners well done to them I think they deserve it.”
The Team of Choice coach says he doesn’t want to get involved with referees’ decisions during the final.
“I don’t want to talk about [the refs] decisions I’m proud of my players they gave everything. Perhaps it wasn’t meant to be. Perhaps it’s a learning curve. We have to learn. Perhaps it’s too early for us to be here at this stage with a young group. But we’re improving. This will be a hard lesson. It’s hard for the players to accept it but at the end of the day, they will realise why it wasn’t meant to be.
“They will realise what steps they will need to take, going into next season it gives indications on what we need to improve and strengthen. What we need to do to become a better team.
“The players were fantastic, they tried they gave everything it was not only from today but from the first day of pre-season. I have to commend them what they have achieved this season. Yes everyone is crying, everyone is disappointed but what they’ve achieved this season they need to start believing how good they are. We have to get better in the final third, we have to take our chances. Hopefully we can correct it and win a Cup next season.”