Doc Khumalo: It was important for Kaizer Chiefs to keep the shape

AmaKhosi assistant coach Doc Khumalo was satisfied with the way Chiefs contained United FC in a semifinal clash of the Nedbank Cup at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night

Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Doctor Khumalo believes that AmaKhosi did well to deny United FC any form of space to penetrate their defence after reaching the final of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday night.

Khumalo also believes that there is still a room for improvement from the defensive point of view, because they still allowed their opponents to enter their penalty area on several occasions.   

“We knew very well that United FC like to keep possession, but we didn’t want them to have it in front of our penalty area close to Khune. We just wanted to keep them away from Khune, but again we should have done much better in terms of pressing by not allowing them to penetrate through,” said Doctor Khumalo after the match.

The Bafana legend admitted that the NFD side has got talent and he believes that they fought hard against AmaKhosi, but he added that it was always going to be difficult for United FC because Chiefs didn’t want to lose their shape.

“At the end of the day, these (United FC) are the young boys. They just came here to display their talent. They just wanted to come here and fight, but the bottom line is that we didn’t want to lose our shape,” he said.

Read more on the Chiefs v United match report

United FC coach Dan Malesela admitted that their first half performance was not up to scratch and he believes that his players were a bit nervous which resulted in them conceding two goals in a space of 20 minutes.  

“We started a bit shaky. I think the boys were a bit scared, but everything changed in the second half. I mean, in the first half we conceded very lousy goals,” said Malesela after the match.

Malesela was however, satisfied with the character shown by his players in the second half and he believes that there are plenty of positives that they can take from their loss against Chiefs.

“Coming back from two goals down against a team of Chiefs’ calibre would obviously be difficult. I think we gave a good account of ourselves in the second half. We tried to push although we were not so penetrative because they put a lot of guys at the back, but like a said it’s a good way to learn,” added Malesela.

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