Malesela Laments Gallants’ failures after AmaZulu draw

Marumo Gallants coach Dan Malesela has bemoaned his side’s failure to take their chances after their draw against AmaZulu.

Bahlabana Ba Ntwa were held to a goalless draw by Usuthu in the DStv Premiership encounter at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Malesela provided an honest appraisal, acknowledging his team’s failings as he suggested they lacked a sense of urgency.

“One thing that disappoints me is sometimes the lack of urgency in terms of going forward and wanting to score goals. It’s something that we have to emphasise and train, but we are training these things,” Malesela told SuperSport TV after the match.

“I hate a situation where you look beautiful at training, and when it comes to games, it’s more like we are playing for fun, we need to understand the importance of the three points at stake here.

“We can’t let a team off the hook like that. I don’t know what the percentages of the possession were and all the shots at goal. But there are times when there should be a lot more urgency to wanting to score. But as I said, they’re going to get a hammering from me. You need to be hammered, sometimes you just need to be told what to do.”

While Malesela insisted he will punish his charges for failing to capitalize on their chances, he also added that they must also swiftly focus on their next league encounter.

“We only have two games left for this year. It’s a tough game aginst Cape Town City on the weekend, and you never know what’s going to happen there.

“But as I said, we can’t hammer the players every time. Yes, I will hammer them at training, but then we also must prepare for the next match and see if we can get maximum points because we have to get ourselves away from where we are and go to the break with at least a little breather from the bottom.”

Gallants will look to recover when they host Cape Town City in the Dstv Premiership on Saturday, before their next African outing away to Al Ahli Tripoli five days later.

Dan Malesela, coach of Marumo Gallants reacts during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Marumo Gallants at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, in Pretoria on the 19 October 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix