Match reaction: Ncikazi on the Cosmos draw
11 August 2015
Maritzburg United coach Mandla Ncikazi admits he was disappointed at his side’s failure to take maximum points against a stubborn Jomo Cosmo outfit.
The Team of Choice had to settle for a 0-0 draw in their opening Absa Premiership game of the season, against newly–promoted Cosmos at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Monday evening.
With Ezenkosi boss Jomo Sono admitting that his side had come for a draw, stating after the game that his team “came to pick up a point, or to protect the point we had,” - it was always going to be a big challenge for United to get on the score-sheet.
“It was a very tough match, it’s always difficult to play against a team that withdraws into their own half wanting to catch us on the break,” Ncikazi said.
“I think we tried to play the right game, tried to play combinations. As the game progressed I think we got desperate trying to play on top quickly, maybe a more patient approach could have been better but you understand we’re playing at home, we want to please the supporters, we want to get the results.
“But I’m not disappointed with how the team played, I’m only disappointed that we could have got the three points, but I’ll take the point.”
The Team of Choice mentor is aware that Comos will not be the only team that comes to the Harryy Gwala looking to employ defensive tactics and understands that solutions must be found.
“We need to penetrate teams better - this is not the only team who’s going to sit deep, other teams are going to do the same,” Ncikazi explained. “If we want to take the initiative and take the games to them; more patient build-ups at the right time, go for a third-man run, go for a quality cross, maybe then the opportunities will be created.”