DAN “Dance” Malesela was at the helm when TS Galaxy Football Club defied the odds in the Nedbank Cup at the splendid Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban last year.
The loquacious Malesela happened to be the same man who also steered the Rockets to their first three points in the elite league.
Galaxy got the better of AmaZulu at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Wednesday night.
Wayde Lekay notched up the winner for Galaxy. After two games, Galaxy are now on four points.
The next assignment is now against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Wednesday. After the game, TS Galaxy (TSG) website sat down with coach, Dan Malesela (DM) and he reflected on the victory.
TS Galaxy (TSG): Coach, how does it feel to get off the mark?
Dan Malesela (DM): One is very appreciative that we got our first three points and in particular at our own venue. As to instructions being followed, I must say not happy at all during second half. I’m just tittle concerned that the game we played in Venda, we were the same. We struggled a bit in the second half. I don’t think, it is the endurance but I think, it is the mental endurance that we lack. It is the fear of wanting to win. If you put a lot of fear in to your game, you’ll not be able to perform. You’ll see small indications where people are suppose to make a simple pass but they want to make a difficult pass because they want to prove to you that, I’m okay and I’m not scared. We need to work on some of the things. We know what to do to better our performances in our next matches.
TSG: Are you happy with how the team is gelling together?
DM: I’m happy about players being able to play together. There are signs every time in to the game. When I’m saying we make a lot of mistakes and all that, it is not all gloom. There are plenty of positive things that are happening in our game. If we had done good things in this game, we would have probably scored a lot of goals. AmaZulu opened up because they were looking for a goal. If we used our counter attacks well, we would have probably have scored a lot of goals. Gelling together is a process. You can’t say in the second game that surely we are gelling. It is a process that we need to complete at a certain stage. After six or seven games, we will start to say, there is light. The philosophy is not that clear at the moment. There are bit and pieces where you can say, oh okay, playing are understanding there and there. But it should be clear.
TSG: Our next game is Kaizer Chiefs. Are you looking forward to that encounter?
DM: Yes, we look forward to our next fixture. I’ve spoken with the players that we are playing Kaizer Chiefs. Let us prepare for that. We will only start on Saturday. We need to rest a bit. We will start on Saturday to prepare for Chiefs and do that continuously and see the match through on Wednesday.
TSG: How important it is to keep the momentum going?
DM: We need to keep it going. We need to continue collecting points. The longer you stay without losing a match, the more the confidence will build up. I’ve seen a very much improved Kaizer Chiefs compared to how they were against Mamelodi Sundowns the other day. I hope the boys will leave up to what the match will be demanding on the day. Let us see.
TSG: How bad was Bevan Fransman’s injury?
DM: I still have to ask the guys because he was just a bit tight on the achilles. We will assess him.