Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela rues their 5-3 penalty shootout defeat to SuperSport United , saying they should have killed the game in regulation time particularly in extra time when Bernard Parker missed a penalty.
"Had we scored that penalty, we would be talking a different ball game. But you can't make any excuses. Every time you miss chances like those, they come back to haunt you. I remember last season when we missed two penalties in the Telkom Knockout final (against Mamelodi Sundowns) you never come back from those, it knocks your confidence," Komphela said post-match.
The contest went into extra time and a penalty shootout ensued after neither side could be separated following late goals from Jeremy Brockie and Ramahlwe Mphahlele respectively.
In a game, where the Amakhosi struggled greatly to exert their dominance that was evident in recent games prior to their 14-game unbeaten run, United were well structured and limited them to shots from range most of the time.
"I thought in the first half we could have been clear on transitions. It was clear SuperSport were well structured. They were sitting in the block. They didn't allow us to play between the lines," Komphela said.
After going down 1-0, the former Maritzburg United coach threw caution to the wind with the introduction of William Twala and striker Gustavo Paez.
They wanted to go wider and be able to stretch United with the introduction of Twala in particular, which they should've used more often to win the match from the wide positions.
"In the second half, we opted to go wider when I thought we had better chances. The game was a bit more open, there were more one-on-ones on the side, especially with Twala. I thought we could've used Twala more often so that he could win us the match from there," Komphela said.
"When it comes to penalties, it's no excuse but it's a lottery. We should have won it in 90 minutes, or worse case scenario, when we got the penalty in extra time," Komphela said.