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Kaizer Chiefs coach rues red card in TKO defeat

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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

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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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