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Folz Finally Smiles After Picking Up First Away Win

AmaZulu coach Romain Folz was upbeat, saying “it was a good day” as Usuthu finally won away from home for the first time under his stewardship when they beat Chippa United 2-0 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday.

Junior Dion’s deflected shot and Mbongeni Gumede’s brilliant header in the second half were enough to see Usuthu, not only win for the first time away under Folz, but also for the first time in eight months.

While the win was welcomed by AmaZulu, it messed up the day for returnee coach Kurt Lentjies, who was appointed on Monday by Chippa following the departure of Morgan Mammila. The latter has since retired as the coach.

At the same time, the win lifted Usuthu to eighth on the DStv Premiership table with 28 points after 22 matches.

But coach Folz said, just like the other 14 clubs bar Mamelodi Sundowns, said he was looking for consistency in his side going forward.

“I thought we were really good tactically, especially on how to regain the ball and how to put pressure to force them to play long balls at times or force them to play inside so that we can jump and have a transition,” said Folz.

“I think that was the first element we did right. It was a good day for us, but you are looking for consistency. We are happy that we didn’t concede and I believe in all honesty I don’t think they were going to score because tactically we were correct, we defended well.”

This was the first time Usuthu won away since beating Swallows FC at Dobsonville Stadium in August under coach Brandon Truter, who was replaced by Folz in October.

Usuthu will now visit Dondol Stars in the Nedbank Cup round of 16 this coming week, with the ABC Motsepe League side having stung SuperSport United in the Ke Yona Cup in the first round.

“We have more games coming up and the cup and we are looking to do even better,” added Folz.

“Wins are always welcome at any moment of the season, no matter what is coming. We have already started to prepare for that game (Dondol) knowing how close the game is.

“We take cup games just like league games, no matter who we are facing. We are not under estimating anyone or over-praising anyone.

“We are taking this game with dedication and care and we will not show any difference no matter the league, the cup, away or home. We are looking to do the same thing.”

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' former KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN. Robin-Duke has left iDiski Times.