Malesela: No cause for panic


The National First Division rookies are 13th on the table after winning only won of their seven games this season.

Malesela, who joined the side three games into the campaign following the sacking of Vusi Mkhatshwa, insisted after a 1-0 home loss to Ajax Cape Town on the weekend that there is no cause for panic at the Mpumalanga-based outfit.

"No, no, no, not at all," Malesela said. "This could have been a plus for us to say look, if we win this game we sit on 10 points and that would be four points adrift of the team at the top. We missed that opportunity but we can't moan and groan over it. We'll have to go back and see what we can get you know. There's still room for a lot of points to be accumulated.

"The break will probably help. It depends how the break affects you but it would probably help because to be honest we also need to beef up a little bit you know, beef up some areas, get some quality in some areas of our team."

Asked what he plans to address during the international recess, Malesela said: "Lots and lots of football. We need to play lots and lots of football you know, to get into the systems of these guys to do the right things, to know what to do when we are on the ball."

The ex-Chippa United mentor felt his men had chances to score against the Urban Warriors.

"It's one of those games you needed to score a goal and then you are sure to say now you can play with freedom," he said.

"But the longer the game went and these guys were sitting back waiting for just one moment when they can score, you are bound to get that, and this is exactly what we got. I think there are quite a number of ... not really tactical situations that we've missed. I think there are tactical things that we've missed. I think that really counted. Like the diving when the goal was going to be scored, I mean that's a moment that you cannot train. That's something that requires good technique for you to be able to mark you know.

"And also we had situations where probably we could have scored a number of goals. People must be aware when you are playing football there is a game that you say 'Ei, things are just not right'. Just pick up that moment and say, 'I've got this chance and now this one I must make sure I score'. But if you go there and you balloon the ball and you are thinking you are going to murder the keeper or something ... that becomes something else."

The former former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns player denied he adopted a defensive strategy against Muhsin Ertugral's charges.

"No, we cannot sit back when we are playing at home. That's why I'm saying for some reason the instruction that we gave was totally messed up. We had a lot of players sitting back in the middle and doing nothing, and for what reason ... I don't know.

"People would say the heat and whatever ... we train in these conditions you know. We are used to this thing. For some reason a lot of instructions were not taken and I don't know why."