We didn’t play our usual rhythm game. Ajax deserved it,” said Komphela

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela believes Ajax Cape Town were the better side on Saturday and deserved their MTN8 triumph over Amakhosi

The Cape Town club brought their A-game to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium as they edged Chiefs 1-0 to lift the MTN8 crown. Chiefs appeared to have left their form in Naturena as they battled throughout the game to break down the Urban Warriors.

“I have to give my compliments to Ajax Cape Town. We didn’t play our usual rhythm game. Ajax deserved it,” said Komphela.

The Amakhosi coach was visibly disappointed after his side’s 1-0 loss to Ajax. He admitted that their striker, Nathan Paulse, had been a handful to the Chiefs defence.

“We prepared for all kinds of tactical options Ajax could come up with, even going the aerial route, which they eventually opted for by starting with Paulse. He was a handful and was therefore selected as the Man of the Match.

“We needed to be more aggressive, especially when it comes to winning the second ball, which we failed to do both defensively and offensively,” said Komphela.

After Ajax had scored their goal from the penalty spot, Komphela immediately brought on Camaldine Abraw and Edward Manqele.

“They mixed well. Abraw maybe tried a bit too hard. We just need to admit that we didn’t play well. If you have three to four players not doing well, you know that it will be difficult. It was not a good day in the office. Losing is not nice, especially at this level (cup final). However, we have learnt lessons that we will use going forward,” said the Amakhosi coach.

Chiefs will return to action on Wednesday in an Absa Premiership fixture at home against the University of Pretoria. The match will take place at the FNB Stadium (kick-off is at 7.30pm).


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