Kaizer Chiefs coach Molefi Ntseki has come to the defence of goalkeeper Brandon Petersen. This, is following his error in the 2-1 defeat against Sundowns.
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The Glamour Boys conceded inside 10 seconds of their MTN8 semifinal second leg with the Brazilians. Shalulile’s early strike is the quickest in MTN8 history, surpassing Daine Klate’s goal after 34 seconds for Wits vs. Sundowns in the 2016 final. It put Sundowns 2-0 ahead on aggregate and gave Chiefs a mountain to climb.
Ntseki says the back pass, which went horribly wrong was part of his team’s game plan:
“I think we have had moments like this because I normally say if you look at the last mistake in this case when we talk of Brandon, that mistake started somewhere and the mistake can always be technical or tactical. The mistake can also be mental because if you look at the situation when we started play, it was more of a tactical ploy but we knew that it would be putting us under pressure,” Ntseki said.
NTSEKI BACKS HIS KEEPER
Heads coach Molefi Ntseki admits Petersen could have dealt better with the situation, with the Amakhosi boss insisting they failed as a team and doesn’t want to blame or single out individuals. The former Bafana tactician is sticking by his under-fire keeper despite Petersen being culpable for Neo Maema’s weak shot slipping through his gloves.
“I think in addressing that situation he could have done better but he’s fully aware that it was our tactical ploy that did not work on the day and if it was a tactical ploy, it’s not his mistake. It’s a mistake that we made all of us and we own up,” Ntseki added
“But the most important thing with Brandon I think he’s a leader. He’s a very strong person and I think even with us we are not looking at it to say ‘It was your mistake’, we are saying ‘It was a mistake that happened, we did not respect and observe the difficult phases of the game because we were to start on the front foot. If that ball was to be played forward, it was to be starting the game on the front foot but it did not happen and in that situation, we ended up conceding.
So, it doesn’t mean that we have got so many fingers pointed at each other.”
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