Rosslee pleased with Amazulu’s per­for­mance

Weekend Witness - - Sport - LLOYD BURNARD PSL foot­ball

AMAZULU’S cel­e­bra­tions fol­low­ing their 1­1 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 1­0 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 mean 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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