Rhulani's selections surprised Cavin

Premiership

Cavin Johnson was surprised by the changes Rhulani Mokwena made to the Orlando Pirates team in their 0-0 draw at King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Buccaneers made six changes, which is something the Usuthu coach did not expect, but he was very happy with the way his players performed against a wounded team.

"I thought probably a game of two halves, we had better opportunities and yes we know we were playing against good team like Pirates and we didn't expect them to make so many changes to the team coming to Durban, and they did," Johnson said.

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"We know how it is to play against them, they have a good following and they come out, they like to press you higher, but credit to the boys, they showed what they can do and this is what we've been building on."

Johnson felt there was more than one man of the match candidate from his side after New Zealand striker Andre De Jong got the award after his excellent performance.

"I thought Andre was one of the players in my opinion that could've won man of the match. I thought [Siyethemba] Sithebe also had a good game, they put in a good shift, I was so happy," he said.

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Usuthu were forced to change their goalkeeper just before the game after Siyabonga Mbatha picked up an injury, and Johnson said it was a difficult decision to make.

"The injury to Siya was a strange one, he pulled his muscle on his thigh. We didn't think it was as serious as it was, but the kid started crying and he really felt bad, it was very hard," he explained.

"We probably made the decision at 19h27 because it was not easy for him, he's a big part of the team. Credit must also be given to Neil Boshoff, he did well against Pirates in his second match in the PSL."

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