Kaizer Chiefs coach Molefi Ntseki laments late MTN8 equaliser

Kaizer Chiefs coach Molefi Ntseki admits his side were guilty of conceding late on to draw their MTN8 semi-final first leg 1-1 with Mamelodi Sundowns.

Amakhosi broke the deadlock at the FNB Stadium on Saturday on 61 minutes through Edson Castillo ahead of a Khuliso Mudau leveller three minutes into injury time.

Ntseki’s side looked to be heading for a narrow victory but the Brazilians refused to be beaten.

Reflecting on the result, a disappointed Ntseki said on SuperSport: “Very important time of the game; we scored at the right time, unfortunately we conceded at the wrong time.

“When you look at the six minutes added, we were supposed to close the game down. The plan was to bring in Ngcobo and Solomons, just to close it down.

“Just before the ball went out we conceded. It’s a very bitter pill to swallow because we already had a plan to close down the game and go home with a win.”

Chiefs lost 2-1 the last time they faced Sundowns in a league match just weeks earlier, having also conceded a late goal.

Ntseki added: “I think we made the same mistake like with the league match against Sundowns.

“We did not have confidence on the ball, [but] the shape was very good out of possession. The most important thing was when you regain possession where do you play, how do you play?

“We had a situation where when we were defending we were thinking about defending, instead of defending and creating options when we regain possession.

“That’s what we corrected at half-time, where we said let’s have confidence on the ball, let’s also make them work for the ball instead of losing it and giving the ball back to them.

“But I think we did very well in the second half.”