Bizana Pondo Chiefs coach Clinton Larsen was very pleased with his side’s fighting spirit against Cape Umoya United on Wednesday afternoon at King Zwelithini Stadium as they were held to a 0-0 draw.
This was Larsen’s second official game in charge of relegation haunted Pondo Chiefs as he watched his team suffer a 4-0 defeat to TS Sporting last week Saturday.
Reflecting on the home stalemate against Cape Umoya the Durban-born coach was encouraged by his team’s performance.
“I am very pleased with the performance of the team especially taking into consideration what happened against TS Sporting. I thought the boys came back and really showed what they are capable of,” reflected Larsen.
“It wasn’t the performance of a team at the bottom of the table definitely, once again we’ve shown that we can compete when we do the right things and we did all the right things,” said Larsen.
The former Chippa United coach was also satisfied with the amount of work rate from specific departments on the field.
“We defended well, we put pressure on the opponent’s defence and we forced them into errors and our two strikers really caused problems for two centre backs.”
“I’ve always asked my team to do two things, number one is to make sure that we fight and number two let’s create chances and we were doing both of those things and we’ve just got to keep doing what we are doing and I’m very positive that the next win is not too far away,” added Larsen.
The former Golden Arrows coach was very impressed with new signings who made their debuts against Cape Umoya.
“I am very happy with the performance of Shaquille Abrahams and Deolin Mekoa you know they both came out in the later stages of the game but they shown their quality today.
“I’m very happy with the performance of the two, Lerato Manzini also had a good game last week (against TS Sporting), again today really linked up well with the midfielders, he held the ball nicely for us getting into good scoring opportunities,” concluded Larsen.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter