Polokwane City coach Jozef Vukusic discusses Rodney Ramagalela's and Mohammed Anas's strike partnership
Posted: 30 August 2018 Time: 14:20
Polokwane City coach Jozef Vukusic says Rodney Ramagalela's output rather than position upfront is what is most important.
Ramagalela shared the PSL Golden Boot with Percy Tau last season with 11 goals apiece, with the former often deployed down the right flank.
The ex-Mamelodi Sundowns hitman reiterated his value by scoring an equaliser in yesterday's 1-1 draw with Golden Arrows, as he combined effectively with strike partner Mohammed Anas at Princess Magogo Stadium.
'RamaG' rattled the back of the net in KwaMashu after latching onto a disguised pass from new signing Anas, who was impressive on the night.
"It's not so important I think if he [Ramagalela] is playing wide or central," Vukusic said after the league tie.
"I think there [out wide] he's comfortable because from there he has more space. He confirmed it today when it came to the counter attack and also in the final situation.
"So it's not only about the goal but there were a few final situations we got and our game is like that.
"Anas did a very tough job there in the middle and RamaG was on the side.
"Players move and they change position. Today he was more fixed on the right side because there were spaces for him and he used it, especially in the first half. He was in two, three times behind the opponent's defence.
"What is important is what he's giving to the team."
Vukusic was content to collect a point against Arrows, who had a penalty from Limbikani Mzava saved by goalkeeper George Chigova and thrice hit the woodwork.
However, the visitors could also have won as Anas sent a shot against the base of the post in the 90th minute.
"I think if we could have scored the goal we would've won. First and foremost the game was not easy for us with the corner which turned to be a goal from their side," the Slovakian said referring to Nkanyiso Mngwengwe's header off a corner from Danny Venter.
"So we ran behind but it's good that we came back to our game. We found our game, we had chances, and we finally equalised and that was good for our game.
"In the second half we tried to win the game which was okay. But it was very physically tough, especially when you are playing against an opponent which was playing at home and on the counter. You are defending all the time like with springs because they had balls and they won duels.
"So they had some opportunities and sometimes we had to calm the game down in the middle, and start some combinations and wait for the right moment.
"Like I said, we had two, three good situations, we didn't use them. So now we have to take the draw and the point is okay."
Rise and Shine, in 12th place on the table with four points from four games, next host Free State Stars on September 15 at New Peter Mokaba Stadium after the FIFA break.