The Team of Choice went into the match against AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium on the back of a taxing MTN8 semi-final against SuperSport United on Saturday night, and although they scored first, a late equaliser meant it was only a point claimed after a 1-1 draw.
Coach Fadlu was disappointed not to have won the match, but believes that such experiences will only help his young side to grow for the future.
“I think we deserved to win. It was a fantastic second half performance,” said the former Maritzburg striker.
“We knew we were going to be a bit lethargic with the intensity of the semi-final on Saturday. In the first half, we were a second too slow, not really in the game. But to come out the way we did in the second half.
“If you analyse the game against SuperSport we conceded an early goal and we went full-out for 90 minutes, we went and went. We saw it in the first half, where the message gets sent to the brain but the body doesn’t react that fast. But in the second half we turned it around and that was fantastic to see.
“The two half time substitutions were fantastic. Playing with that intensity two days ago really took its toll and we had to freshen things up, we had to change things, with the dynamic we had back in the second half, that’s exactly what we wanted.
“I’m really disappointed to throw away the two points in the 88th minute, but its lessons we have to learn. It’s a hard lesson for our young team to take. But how do you gain experience as young players? By making mistakes, hopefully learning from it and not making the same mistakes again.
“You have to teach them, coach them, show them on the video, on the training ground, tactical, attacking situations and movements, defensive structures. It’s a process, they will learn game by game, from every experience they will learn and get better.”
Coach Fadlu and the boys have little time to dwell on what could have been in the KZN derby as they turn their attention to Friday night’s showdown with Orlando Pirates at the Harry Gwala Stadium, one of the Team of Choice’s highlights on the PSL calendar. And just five days later, Kaizer Chiefs visit Pietermaritzburg.
Even though we were beaten in the MTN8 semi-finals, it is an exciting time for the club and the city.
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