Lota’s death weighed on players' minds: Marques

By Drum Digital
09 February 2014

The death of assistant coach Dennis Lota had a lot to do with Moroka Swallows' jaded display at home to AmaZulu, coach Zeca Marques said after his team's Premiership stalemate with AmaZulu on Saturday.

The Birds were held to a goalless draw by Usuthu at the Dobsonville Stadium in a sombre atmosphere.

Lota passed away on Tuesday and Marques felt the sad news of his fellow coach's death played a role in his team's failure to get going in the fixture.

"Taking circumstances into consideration, I couldn't have asked more from the players," Marques said after the game.

"They were really drained emotionally and all I could have asked is for them to go out there and remember Dennis. These guys gave everything and after what we have been through I am happy with a point."

AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee, whose team squandered plenty of opportunities to score, blamed a lack of clinical finishing in front of goal for the result.

"I thought we did enough to get three points today," said Rosslee.

"We had a lot of chances and if we had been more clinical, we would have walked with three points. I thought we defended well, we were outstanding in picking up the second ball and should have bagged maximum points."

Rosslee, whose team is still unbeaten in the new year, did, however, congratulate his outfit for earning a point on the road.

"It's one point away from home, still unbeaten and we kept a clean sheet. We deserved maximum points," Rosslee said.


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