Rosslee pleased with Amazulu’s performance

2014-01-25 00:00


AMAZULU’S celebrations following their 1-1 draw at home to Orlando Pirates on Thursday night were enough to convince a latecomer that they had won the match.

Coach Craig Rosslee’s charges have now taken four points from a possible six against Bucs this season, and they have lost just five of their 16 league fixtures so far this season to sit in a respectable seventh.

Most encouraging for Rosslee on Thursday night was the fight his side showed after going 1-0 down, and also the performances of his two new signings — midfielders Nhlanhla Shabalala and John Aruwah.

Shabalala started the match alongside Kulegani Madondo in the middle of the park, and he was booked for a crunching tackle on Pirates playmaker Andile Jali.

“We told Shabba that he needs to sort Jali out, but I think he took that instruction another way,” joked Rosslee after the match, making reference to the yellow card. “I thought he was fantastic.”

With Shabalala a booking away from seeing red, Rosslee opted to replace him with Aruwah midway through the second half.

“Aruwah was outstanding. He hasn’t even trained with us,” said Rosslee. “I think his [registration] card arrived with us an hour before the game and we threw him in the deep end. He closed down space extremely well and I am really happy with how both our new signings went.”

Rosslee’s two acquisitions means that he no longer has to pull back Goodman Dlamini into a holding role, giving the midfielder the freedom to express himself further up the pitch — something he did to good effect on Thursday.

Rosslee was otherwise pleased with his side’s showing as they now turn their attention to Tuesday night’s clash against SuperSport United in Pretoria.

“I was delighted with the fighting spirit we showed tonight and it bodes well for us moving forward,” he said. “We showed a lot of good character to come back after going a goal down. The game could have gone either way.”

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