We played this match just two days after beating the opponent and knocking them out of the Telkom Cup.
It was always going to be difficult to beat an opponent that was wounded. They played 4:3:3 and stuck to their system. We played a much much better game compared to the first one. We kept the ball longer and we defended our areas very well in areas where we preferred the opponent to have the ball, we were successful and there were no real threats.
Our defenders dealt with Gabuza very well. The opponent opted for a very dynamic ITC wing play where they created a wide midfield trio of wingback, the wide striker and box midfielder on both sides, consistently. We managed to deal with them and fifteen minutes to the end of the match, our team showed great hunger and desire to win the match.
We missed three clear cut chances. Venter had two chances, Mutizwa had his near post shot saved and Lunga’s header was stopped at the far post. Our performance on the night was confirmed when the opponent keeper was chosen as man of the match. It was a successful outing to Mbombela as we wrapped it with a draw after we won the TKO match two days ago.
We are on again in preparation against Mamelodi Sundonws in 4 days to complete the third match in eight days.