How Dlamini Outsmarted Sundowns: A Tactical Breakdown | diskidaily.co.zaHow Dlamini Outsmarted Sundowns: A Tactical Breakdown

How Dlamini Outsmarted Sundowns: A Tactical Breakdown

AmaZulu’s caretaker coach, Ayanda Dlamini, spoke after his team’s 2-2 draw with Sundowns about his tactical plan to neutralize the danger posed by Themba Zwane and Gaston Sirino. Dlamini was not worried about the threat of the two players, as he had planned to keep them in specific areas where they would not cause any damage.

He was pleased with how his team executed the game plan, as the duo were kept under control for most of the game.

Zwane and Sirino are known for their ability to cause damage to any team they face. They showed their class in the first half when Zwane won the ball and set up Bongani Zungu for the opener. With Sundowns controlling the game, it seemed like they would run away with it after Peter Shalulile added a second. However, AmaZulu had other ideas, as they mounted a comeback to score two late goals and secure a point.

How Dlamini Outsmarted Sundowns: A Tactical Breakdown | diskidaily.co.za
How Dlamini Outsmarted Sundowns: A Tactical Breakdown

Dlamini was pleased with how his team handled the threat of Sundowns, as they executed their game plan to perfection. He noted that the attacking trio of Zwane, Sirino, and Ntando Nkosi were receiving the ball exactly where he wanted them to be and that they were not causing any danger to his team. Even when Sirino was playing as a second striker, he was being dragged out of position, which was what AmaZulu wanted.

Despite the initial success of his plan, Dlamini had to make changes after Sundowns scored their first goal. He knew that his team could not sit back and defend, so he opted to press high and try to get back into the game. This change in tactics proved successful, as AmaZulu scored two late goals to secure a draw.

While Dlamini was basking in the glory of his tactical masterclass, his predecessor Romain Folz cut a lonely figure in the box. Folz was moved aside by Usuthu at the beginning of last month, as his ideas were not bearing any fruit. It was the second time that Dlamini had given Sundowns something to think about, having also handed them an exciting 4-3 win in the early stages of the 2020/21 season.

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