Probably the shock result of the weekend in the GladAfrica Championship was Richards Bay beating JDR Stars 2-1 at the latter’s own backyard.
Richards Bay are enjoying some resurgence under the guidance of coach, Simo Dladla.
Now in 10th spot, the Natal Rich Boyz went to Gauteng and surprised all and sundry with a 2-1 win over JDR, which Dladla has described as a “smash and grab”.
“Yoh, we had to come up with a plan to do what is called nowadays, a smash and grab,” Dladla explained to FARPost.
“We knew we couldn’t compete with them after studying, carefully, their past two games. I had the opportunity to get the tapes and look at their past two games, particularly the last one they played against Jomo Cosmos (which JDR won 4-2),” he continued.
“I just figured that we cannot go there (at Giant Stadium in Soshanguve) and compete with them in terms of controlling the ball, because they were at home.
“We wanted to contain Moeketsi Makhanya, their top scorer and their front three includes Onyekachi (Ononogbu) and their number seven, (Vusumuzi) Mncube. So those are dangerous players and I needed three centre-backs and one full back.
“So we were a bit defensive, if not too defensive in trying to contain those guys. I brought in Khanyisa Mayo to a wing position, because he’s got an amazing technique.
“Basically, I defended with six and attacked with four,” Dladla asserted.
He added: “I wouldn’t say we were lucky. I would say we were disciplined and prepared to put our bodies on the line so they don’t score. That’s how I would sum it up.”
Pretoria University 2-0 Tshakhuma
Real Kings 1-1 Royal Eagles
JDR Stars 1-2 Richards Bay
Mbombela 0-1 TS Sporting
Free State Stars 2-2 Ajax
TS Galaxy 1-2 Swallows
Cape Umoya 0-1 Cosmos
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