It’s not often a coach sings praises from an opponent shortly after a loss, but Horoya Athletic Club’s Lamine N’diaye wasn’t afraid to greet AmaZulu Fc after beating his side 1-0 in Durban on Friday .
Usuthu came out of their second Café Champions League Group B match with the three points at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
N’diaye says that although they wanted something out of the game, they accepted the result because the better team of the night won.
He said South African teams have recently become a force in continental competitions.
“South African teams are growing fast in this competition. The last time I was here (last year) we lost to Kaizer Chiefs and now we lost to AmaZulu,” N’diaye said after the game.
“I think it’s because of the world-class resources they have here. I’m talking about the training facilities, equipment and things like that. They grow every day in this competition.
“Mamelodi Sundowns has already won it (in 2016). Chiefs and Orlando (Pirates) have also reached the final of this competition before,” adds the Senegalese who won the Champions League a few years ago with TP Mazembe.
For the record, Pirates also won the Champions League before, in 1995.
“This season, South Africa has two teams in the group stage, which is also an indication of their growth in this competition,” added N’diaye.
N’diaye said he was disappointed with the result but couldn’t blame his players for giving it their all. Usuthu scored the winning goal in the 32nd minute via Luvuyo Memela.
“I’m a little disappointed with the mistakes we made, especially in the back that led to the goal. In the second half we tried to get back into the game, but we were very panicked.
“I want to congratulate AmaZulu on winning this competition. We wanted to at least get a point out of it, which would have been a good result considering we’re gone. Unfortunately that did not happen today.”