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AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson lauds Moeneeb Josephs for Man of the Match gesture with Mbongeni Gumede against Free State Stars

Posted: 20 August 2018 Time: 14:00

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson gave credit to his men for responding to his half-time challenge in the 2-1 win over Free State Stars, and reserved special praise for goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs.

Usuthu conceded a bizarre own goal six minutes in as Mbongeni Gumede's backpass beat Josephs at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts were flat in the opening period, but equalised in the 54th minute as new Argentinian signing Emiliano Tade opened his PSL goalscoring account with a curling effort.

AmaZulu then snatched the points in the 90th minute courtesy of a volley from Mhlengi Cele in Umlazi, Durban.

"In the first half we did not get into the last third as often as we would like to, but we came back into the dressing room and we said to the players, 'You know what guys, it's up to you'," Johnson told reporters after the game.

"We have been training very, very well and I have to give it to the players for the effort, the momentum and the will.

"The second-half conversation was all about being calm, to do a little bit of tactical awareness as to where we want to go, and always to play wide. We did that and both goals came from wide areas.

"We won the game 2-1 so we are happy to carry on the second game at home to be a dominant force at our home, which I think all our teams should be.

"When teams come to our house they should know that they better be prepared for you. But King Zwelithini has been good to us and hopefully the future of football at King Zwelithini becomes more and more, and our supporters are more and more, and you guys [the media] get more and more."

He lauded 38-year-old Josephs, an off-season signing from Bidvest Wits, for calling on Gumede during his acceptance speech for the Man of the Match award.

"That's the leadership qualities that'll take the team to the next level," Johnson said of Josephs, who came out tops in one-on-one situations with Goodman Dlamini and Harris Tchilimbou in the match.

"Again, I said this at the beginning of the season, we didn't bring Nhlanhla Vilakazi for nothing. I thought he was outstanding and Moeneeb saved us in the first half. I thought he made two very, very clear saves with the one from Dlamini especially. I thought Dlamini was on goal and he made a save.

"But to be able to remember that when you get the Man of the Match it's not for you, it shows a lot of maturity as far as Moeneeb is concerned."

AmaZulu, in third spot on the table with six points from three matches, next visit log leaders Wits on August 29 at Bidvest Stadium.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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