Da Gama: Both teams wanted to win

Da Gama: Both teams wanted to win

South Africa’s under 23 coach Owen Da Gama credits AmaGlug-Glug’s victory against Tunisia in their last group stage in the CAF u23 Africa Cup of Nations to peaking at the right time.

“For us, we want to peak at the right time and it was a good performance from the players,” said Da Gama.

Da Gama’s side had a slow start to the game failing to create any real goalscoring opportunities in the first half of the game producing two shots on target, one from a Keagan Dolly free kick and Menzi Masuku’s strike from the D line in open play.

AmaGlug-Glug look the better side in the second half, playing their normal passing game, exploiting spaces in the penalty box, however, poor finishing in front of goal let them down.

Orlando Pirates heroes Gilf Motupa and Menzi Masuku squandered chances to hand South Africa the lead when Motupa was one-on-one with keeper Sabri Ben Has, and Masuku failed to redirect the ball into the back of the net when the first touch let him down.

Da Gama admits that his chargers had a tough day at the office and he is content with the way his team acclimatised to the situation.

“It was a difficult game. Both teams wanted to win. Tunisia are no doubt a good team, but we were determined. We did not start well, but we got better.”

“For us, we want to peak at the right time and it was a good performance from the players. This is a tournament with the best eight teams (U23 category) in Africa, and Senegal stood out well..”

READ: Da Gama – The dream still lives on

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