Chiefs hosted Ivory Coast side ASEC Mimosas at the Dobsonville Stadium, in the first leg of their Caf Confederation Cup playoff encounter. The Soweto giants conceded in the 36th minute when Zagbayou Hugues opened the scoring for the visitors, after AmaKhosi failed to deal with a long throw-in into the 18 yard area.
Chiefs struggled to find the equalizer, and as late as in the 86th minute, Matthew Rusike levelled matters with a stunning goal. However, the relief was short-lived, as Boha Koffi struck a late winner during injury time to seal a hard fought 2-1 win for Les Mimosas.
“The second goal came because in certain aspects we don’t want to run, basically we don’t track back,” said Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter after the match.
“In certain aspects of the game it’s more a question of not do we want it, but do we stay focused, do we do it properly, or do we let this become a little hiccup in the middle of an interesting season.
“It was obviously not good enough and that’s the message the players will get in the changing room,” Baxter added.
The coach said that he was happy with the team selection despite the loss, and that it has been a long football schedule for the Soweto giants.
“We’ve had a longer schedule and the team did play today, it was as competitive as we could make it,” said Baxter.
“I still think that we should have won the game, I think (it was possible) if the players played with the quality that they have to win the game.
“We’ve been beaten by a very poor team in my opinion,” he said.
Meanwhile, ASEC coach Traore Siaka had praised his side and looks forward to the second leg at home.
“By the grace of God, we worked hard and we won. The players foght very well,” said Siaka.
“In Abidjan we’ll work again to qualify,” he concluded.