Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwain believes defender Syabonga Ngezane will recover quickly from a horrific game played at Loftus on Saturday as he gifted Mamelodi Sundowns his first two goals in the Chiefs' 4-0 defeat in the Premier League match against the defending champions.
Ngezana initially failed to trap the ball inside his own area and was pressed by Sundowns striker Gaston Sereno and scored the opening goal in the sixth minute. It took just 11 minutes for Ngezana to make his second mistake, this time fouling striker Peter Shaloli inside the area.
The Namibian dusted himself off and scored his first goal of the season before doubling his tally in the second half. New Sundowns striker Nasir Ahmed of Ethiopia scored Brazil's fourth goal with 14 minutes left.
After the game, Zwane was asked what he told Ngezana at halftime. when he decided to replace him with Njabulo Ngcobo.
“If you look at how it happened, it happened early in the game and then from there he just couldn't recover. It’s unlike Siya,” said Zwane. “Siya is one player in a one-on-one situation, one of the best defenders we have. For example, the goal we conceded, I think the quarter where they played the ball down the left line, in those situations we know that Siya will come out on top.
"Unfortunately, Siya was not herself today. I think because of the knee injury too, he actually came to me after the game on Tuesday, which he couldn't finish, and said, 'You know? - I'm not 100% in agreement but I'll do my best.
“I told him to try and if you can't, obviously we'll get someone else. We don't want to ruin the combination of him and Zita (Quinica), especially with the type of game we're going to play here. Shalulile scores a brace as Sundown humiliates Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Stadium If the result of Sundowns on Saturday in their 4-0 victory against Kaizer Chiefs is anything to go by, the dominance of the Tshwane giants in the Premier League
"Unfortunately he wasn't himself and he wasn't at his best and he had to make that mistake that I think also killed his confidence. But these things happen in football.
“I wouldn't kill him for it. We will try and help lift his spirit in training. Many other players are still going to commit such mistakes and we’ll move on. I think we'll get it over time. “So he doesn't have to worry about that… that's part of the game. we all make mistakes.
Even the referee (Victor Gomes) made a mistake. He gave Zitha a yellow card and it was Siya (fouler) and it wasn't even a foul. I don't know, it's one of those things.
“But what I'm trying to say is that we're all human beings and we're bound to make mistakes and that's part of the game. We learn from these mistakes and move forward.” The Chiefs, who have now lost two of their first three league matches, will host newcomers and opening log leader Richards Bay at the Moses Mabida Stadium at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
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