SANTOS defender, Pere Ariweriyai has hailed the fighting spiting in their camp following their gutsy 1-0 victory over Roses United in Bloemfontein yesterday.
Santos played the better part of the game with only 10 men after Siyabulela Songwiqi was sent off in the first half for a second bookable offence in time wasting. They were further reduced to nine men after Salaam King was also sent off for a dangerous challenge.
“We are very disappointed about the red cards, as it didn’t only affect us on the day, but also on our goal to avoid relegation. But on the day it was a matter of having a fighting spirit and working hard till the 90th minute which we did successfully.
“The coach (Duncan Crowie) warned us to be cautions, but after the red cards we still played with a striker upfront and it worked, because we still wanted to attack them,” the former Amazulu captain said.
The result meant that Santos FC qualify for the quarterfinals of the Nedbank cup.
Having given a sterling performance and being awarded with the man of the match on the day, the 28 year old rock solid defender remains realistic about his side’s chances in the Nedbank cup.
“I am very happy we beat Roses, because they are not an easy team to beat. We played in a town which had a different altitude to what we are normally used to and it was never easy to adapt, but I am happy we pulled through.”
“Overall we wanted to go through to the next round and it was never going to be easy. I am also excited about scoring the only important goal of the match, because it contributed to my team advancing.
Nedbank Cup ambition
“In this competition, there is no such as a weak team, so who ever we are drawn against in the quarterfinals we will be ready for them.-PSL