Kaizer Chiefs face prospect of finishing season without silverware
Kaizer Chiefs only have themselves to blame for throwing away what should have been a Soweto Derby victory‚ said Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela after his side’s 2-0 Nedbank Cup first round defeat against Orlando Pirates on Saturday.
Chiefs face the prospect of finishing 2015-16 trophy-less after their early exit from the Nedbank tournament thanks to Tendai Ndoro’s second-half brace at FNB Stadium.
Amakhosi dominated possession but poor decision-making in the final third cost them. Pirates looked the more dangerous team on attack‚ which was the eventual difference between the two teams.
“Pirates did very well to score the two goals. The first came from a lack of concentration from us around the box. The second was from another error we committed. We could have done better from the long range shot‚” Komphela lamented after the game.
“But I thought in terms of attack we ticked all the boxes‚ in movement‚ passing and creating chances. However we didn’t finish the chances. And defensively‚ except for the two errors we committed‚ one can point at very few mistakes.
“But football is a funny game. You can’t make any sense out of the good we did in the match. We had 90 percent of the rights‚ but it’s in the 10 percent where you falter severely‚ and we got punished.
“We understand that we did not do ourselves any favours. And I’m sure even our supporters did not appreciate what happened.
“It was a match that at no stage we showed any sign we were going to lose‚ and we gave it away. And I will be the first one to take full responsibility.”
Chiefs’ focus now shifts to the Premier Soccer League‚ but Komphela admitted his side have only a slim chance of reeling in a 13-point gap‚ even with a game in hand‚ on in-form leaders Mamelodi Sundowns to defend their title.
“It’s very difficult to hope that the other team takes care of your results. You’ve got to take care of your own results‚” the Chiefs coach said.
“But also one must acknowledge the fact that we’ve been to two finals‚ and came back without anything. And now we’re missing out on this competition again.
“And for a team of this calibre‚ it’s obviously a failure and that has to be looked into. The focus now shifts to the PSL‚ and we have to try and see how far we can go. But that will depend on Sundowns dropping points.
“And on the back of a performance like this‚ with the mistakes we made‚ you start to say we have to think differently if we want to achieve things.”
A concern for Chiefs will be that they have lost too many of their big matches they have played this season. Amakhosi did well to reach the two previous cup finals this season‚ but lost there to Ajax Cape Town (1-0 in the MTN8) and Sundowns (3-1 in the Telkom Knockout).
Chiefs lost their first league fixture against Pirates this season 3-1. They bounced back with a penalties victory a week later in the Telkom semifinals after a goalless extra time. They drew their next league fixture against Bucs 1-1.
Amakhosi meet Platinum Stars next in a league match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.