Ziyasha Bafethu! Another 3 points, Amakhosi ajabulile, the game was not good for the eye but excellent for the league persuasion. At times you need to grind the results and compromise beautiful football, but also it proves ukuthi (that) Amakhosi are not yet settled in their tactical identity. I’m saying this because when they score first, they quickly resort to deep-lying defence (block); whether it’s early, or as long as they are leading and all their attacks are not coordinated, only the right side is effective.
Playing in Durban is also fruitful to Amakhosi with regards to crowd, people from Kwa-Zulu Natal love Amakhosi.
Three changes were made from the previous game, Eric Mathoho was suspended, Mpho Khumalo was rested along with George Maluleka .
Here was the lineup: Khune ,Ramahlwe, Masilela, Cardozo, Gordinho, Katsande, Baloyi, Tshabalala, Molangoane, Chirambadare, Parker.
Cardozo,Baloyi and Masilela came in during the game.
The tactical approach was to play on counter-attack, because Highlands Park were going to play an open game as they desperately were in need of points, looking at their current log situation.
Itumeleng Khune, I see maturity and game intelligence, he conducted the defence very well plus made excellent saves when called by the action. Ramahlwe Mphahlele looked lathergic but still did his primary job well, because he kept Franklin Cale quiet. Tsepo Masisela came in for Khumalo and he knows ukuthi (that) he had to grab this opportunity with both hands, which I believe he did fairly well under the circumstances. The central pairing made up of Daniel Cardozo and Lorenzo Gordinho looked solid but not consistent, maybe not playing together all the time compromises the partnership, but Cardozo played well and deserves another shot in the team, Gordihno scored. Willard Katsande and Lucky Baloyi, for me it says two sitting screeners in front of defence, meaning attack with four . Baloyi tried but he still looked unconvincing, he had an opportunity to score but not having confidence did no justice to him. Joseph Molangoane, trust me most of Amakhosi attacks are from his right side, he offers speed, width and improvisation, hence Highlands Park had to reinforce their left- hand side. Chirambadare was on the left, I think he offers hardwork without the ball, Siphiwe “Shabba” Tshabalala played in the hole but with a responsibility to join Bernanrd Parker when in attack. Parker is always available when Amakhosi are looking to advance their attacks.
Being number one on the log for a few hours must be pleasing to Steve Khompela. See you next time bafethu.
Nkulunkulu we bhola