Abrahams – We taking it one game at a time

2013-11-16 - Waleed Abrahams - Half-time Talk

Head Coach Waleed Abrahams on 2-2 draw to FC Tygerberg & the season ahead.

  •   Team’s overall performance…

In all honesty I felt on the night we played the better football & were probably the better team. It was a great effort from the boys & the team showed a lot of character, heart & passion in the way we fought back from 2-1 down, to level the score & then have the opportunity at the death to snatch a winner was encouraging & heart-breaking at the same time, but that’s football. You don’t take your chances it comes to bite you on the ankle. We had a host of chances both first & second half. We started off really well, got the early goal but our concentration at key moments in the game allowed FC Tygerberg to score vital goals against the run of play. That also shows the quality of a seasoned Vodacom (SAFA 2nd Div) team & FC Tygerberg are always going to compete, put you under pressure, punish mistakes & are very clinical at set pieces. For the last 20mins we were down to 10 men, but we played much better as Tygerberg sat back & defended a 2-1 lead which I thought was a mistake. At times we were 9 men as we had Athini injured off for 10 minutes & played some enterprising football. I was pleased with the draw, it was a solid performance but the 3 points would’ve set the tone for the start of the season, but none the less we will bounce back.

  •   The positives…

The character we showed, the belief & the trust the players have for one another. Despite all the odds stacked against us we kept playing, we kept doing the right things. I think with 10 men we still created numerous amount of chances & that’s a good sign. Our movement off the ball was good, we passed the ball around well & was good on the eye. Younger players proving they can compete at this level.

We taking it one game at a time and planning for each game like it’s a cup final… - Waleed Abrahams

  •   The team’s morale…

I haven’t experience this before. I’ve played at many clubs with some really good players & coach around a bit but this is special. The moral, the mood in the camp which starts in the build-up to matches during the weeks training is amazing. It’s like every training session we treat like a match, the atmosphere, the energy & passion is there for everyone to see. It’s like a 12th man if you ask me. Things like this lifts the players & allows them to express themselves without any fear of their ability & it’s a major boost for everyone’s confidence.

  •   The 2013/2014 season ahead…

We taking it one game at a time and planning for each game like it’s a cup final. Setting weekly goals  as a unit so the team and management have to achieve them. It’s a perfect reminder as to where we are, where we want to be and where we going if we achieve these goals or not. It’s a reminder of our success & shortcomings on off the field, so we try & be as professional as we can. We not here to make up the numbers I can assure you that, we here to compete and give ourselves a decent chance of being considered as one of the better teams in the league!

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