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Kaizer Chiefs coach rues red card in TKO defeat


Head coach Steve Komphela of Kaizer Chiefs during 2017 Macufe Cup game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Free State Stadium on 08 October [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 12:30


Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela believes the red card given to Wiseman Meyiwa was the decisive moment of their Telkom Knockout semifinal against Bidvest Wits this past weekend.

The Amakhosi were beaten 1-0 by the Clever Boys on Saturday, with Meyiwa’s dismissal in the 26th minute – for a stamp on Daine Klate – followed just three minutes later by the only goal of the game from James Keene.

“You could see with the early exchanges that we had all areas covered,” Komphela told Chiefs’ official website.

“To suffer a red card in the first half in such an intense clash changed the game entirely. Besides that and to make matters worse, we let Wits score with a free header immediately thereafter due to a lapse of concentration.”

He added: “Our game plan was affected by this. If you check our substitutions, they were all intended to go for an all-out attack.”

The Chiefs coach saw his team improve in the second stanza thanks to some attacking substitutions, and believes they need to refocus for a league clash with AmaZulu this midweek.

“We came back strong in the second half,” Komphela pointed out. “[Dumisani] Zuma had a one-on-one with Wits’ goalkeeper Darren Keet, Siphiwe Tshabalala hit the crossbar and [Gustavo] Páez had a chance as well.

“We knew the game was going to be very tight and robust. Unfortunately we had to play most of the game with one man down. But still, I thought we contained them well and scared them a few times in the second half.

“Now that we are out of the cup, we have to focus our attention on the league. We will regroup and make sure we beat AmaZulu on Wednesday.”



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Sunday Chidzambwa rues horrible defeat against Zimbabwean giants – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Aug 07, 2017. 13:30


ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa has rued their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Caps United in the Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League on Sunday.

Chidzambwa says they have themselves to blame for the defeat as they did not fight, thus allowing the Green machine to claim the three points.

Although United were struggling to collect the full three points in their previous matches, they will now hope to maintain the winning run if they are to defend the league title, let alone avoid a relegation dogfight.

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A single goal through Dominic Chungwa in the 61st minute ensured United ease their win-less run as well as allowing coach Lloyd Chitembwe a sigh of relief.

“In today’s defeat, we have ourselves to blame. We did not fight at all, especially in the first half and thus we never created any chances,” Chidzambwa said to the News Day.

“We only started playing football when Caps United has scored. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves whether we want to play football.

“The players were not prepared for a fight at all. I will go to the dressing room and ask them if they want to fight for me or not.

“If they do not want, then I will be prepared to resign. When players do not fight they put pressure on the coach.

On the other hand, United‘s assistant coach Fungai Kwashi said he was pleased with the win, but hey will not get carried away.

“We are pleased with the win. We had the confidence that we would get the three points, but we will not get carried away because we still have a lot of work to do in the next match against Tsholotsho,” Kwashi adds.



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Zamalek’s coach Augusto Inacio rues thin squad


Zamalek coach, Augusto Inacio

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017. 08:59


Zamalek coach Augusto Inacio believes they failed to do well in 2016/17 Egyptian Premier League because of a thin squad.

The White Knights manager was speaking after they drew 2-2 against Morocco’s FUS Rabat in their Arab Championship opener last weekend.

In the wake of the draw, the Portuguese manager said they will continue to suffer in the upcoming matches.

“FUS Rabat is a good team but we played them with a shortage in the squad and we will continue to suffer from this issue in the coming games,” Inacio said.

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“We only have two wingers in our squad, Shikabala and Ahmed Refaat, and with the latter’s injury we played with no winger.

“I am not a magician capable of doing more than we did during the FUS Rabat game. All the players gave their best and performed well, but we can’t achieve victory while we are lacking this number of players in the squad.

“I can’t do more than what I did with the team. I am not responsible for selling Mostafa Fathi and Stanley. I am not the person who sells the players.

“Two players left the team without replacements for them being signed. You want to blame the coach for the poor results, but I can’t change the players’ positions.”



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Stuart Baxter rues TP Mazembe draw in Confed Cup – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jun 23, 2017. 09:00


In the wake of their 0-0 draw against TP Mazembe on Tuesday, SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter has expressed disappointment in failing to win.

The English manager led the Tshwane giants in their CAF Confederation Cup tie at Lucas Moripe Stadium, but believes they should have wrapped up the match with a win.

In his last match in charge of the club, Baxter will now prepare to face Orlando Pirates in their Nedbank Cup final in South Africa on Saturday.

This follows his appointment as Bafana Bafana coach to replace axed Shakes Mashaba in May.

“We played against one of the premier clubs on the continent. I was disappointed at the finish that we did not beat them. We were well on top,” said Baxter.

“When we started off [in the Confederation Cup], we were going to places like Liberia and Sudan. We were getting decent results [away from home] and then we were winning at home.

“Now we went there [Lubumbashi] to get a 2-2 draw and we get a draw at home.

“The lads were feeling that we should have knocked them over. It’s a good indicator for the club in general.”

In their next Confed Cup match, United will visit Horoya AC in Guinea, Conakry on July 1 before wrapping up their group stage assignments against CF Mounana in Atteridgeville seven days later.

United sit at number two in Group D with six points behind Horoya who lead with eight points from four rounds of matches.



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Champions League winning coach rues busy schedule but hails his troops – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday May 29, 2017. 17:30


Despite losing their South African Absa Premiership title to Bidvest Wits, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his charges have worked hard in their 2016/17 campaign.

Mosimane led his men to a 2-2 draw in their final league match on Saturday against Highlands Park, but the 2016 CAF African Coach of the Year remains proud of his men.

The Brazilians were dethroned by Wits as they settle for a second spot in the league and will now hope to defend their CAF African Champions League title.

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“I have to congratulate the boys for their positive attitude,” Mosimane said after the match.

“They put their bodies on the line. Secondly, it is to congratulate the Yellow Nation that always sings. They threw the vuvuzela away.

“The worst part was playing four games in six days, the time we played Chippa United and went to Cape Town City.

“The 2016/17 season was fantastic for us and I will tell you why. We won the grand slams (CAF) Champions League and Super Cup. Okay, we lost to Wits in the MTN8 and the title – congratulations to Wits.

“You can’t compare. We are playing on Friday (in the Champions League) and where are people? Resting.

“Last year where were they? Resting. People were playing golf and taking selfies on the beach.”

Sundowns will now turn their focus to their continental assignments against Tunisian side, Esperance on Friday, 02 June as they hope to bag the full three points.



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