Ayanda Dlamini has praised the impact of new signing Luvuyo Memela after the winger won a penalty on his AmaZulu debut against former club Orlando Pirates at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on Saturday evening.
Memela made his first AmaZulu appearance since leaving Pirates and impressed head coach Dlamini as the experienced campaigner played his part in helping the Durban side earn a valuable point in their DStv Premiership opening encounter.
In what was a scrappy affair, Dlamini saw his charges go behind through a Gabadinho Mhango penalty in the 18th minute of the match before Lehlohonolo Majoro found the equaliser for Usuthu a few minutes later.
“One has to mention Memela, he was our top performer on the night with the rest of the group, but I think he made a huge difference. He showed his experience that he has been playing in big games for some time and he rose to the occasion,” said Dlamini.
“We had a big chance with Memela with the header, it was unlucky not to go in. But we can take the positives from this game. There is a lot to work on for this team.
“It was our first game; we have a lot of new players in our team, but we are going in the right direction. We just have to keep the same intensity, the same mentality, we can all take the positives from this one and work from here,” added the Usuthu mentor.
The 36-year-old coach was also pleased with the defensive performance of his men against a team of Pirates’ calibre.
“I am very happy with what I saw in our side, the intensity in our attack and the way we defended, it is getting there, we know that we still have a lot of work to do,” he said.
“For me, it’s a good point. We played a very good opponent. They’re a quality side.”
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By FARPost Reporter