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Chiefs' assistant coach Doctor Khumalo believes that God was on their side following their successful 2012/2013 season

Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Doctor Khumalo believes that his defence gave AmaTuks striker Mame Niang a lot of respect which lead to their 1-0 defeat at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

AmaKhosi suffered their third defeat of the season, as they went onto Saturday’s clash as the PSL champions and the results did not affect their position on the log.

"We gave a lot respect to Niang, because our back four, especially two centre-backs were more worried about the whereabouts of Niang and that's not what we wanted," said Doc Khumalo after the match.

The former Chiefs midfielder is however, delighted with the way the players committed themselves throughout the season especially during tough times.

"I think we did very well considering the fact that there were hiccups here and there. Yeye was red carded and some of the boys were suspended, our coach was in the stands, but we soldiered on. If God wanted the trophy to go to Naturena then no one was going to change that," said Doc Khumalo.

Read more on: Match Report: AmaTuks 1-0 AmaKhosi

AmaTuks coach Steve Barker could not hide his happiness and praised his players for the three points against the champions.

"It was a tough game, but credit must go to my players once again for putting in a big effort. First half was anybody's game, but the second half we came back with purpose and we got our goal, and we had to hold on," Steve Barker.

Barker has set his sights on the upcoming season after successfully finishing in the top eight on the final day of the season.

He believes that AmaTuks will start challenging for honours next season, but he knows that proper planning and reinforcement will be key.

"We need to start planning and we need to sharpen the squad. We don't want to be left challenging in the middle of the table. We want to push and show that we can be the force in South African football," he said. 

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