Kaizer Chiefs experienced their heaviest loss in the Premier Soccer League when they lost 4-0 to champions Mamelodi Sundowns in a DStv Premiership match at Loftus Stadium on Saturday.
Inquired as to whether this was a record rout, Chiefs mentor Arthur Zwane said he had not yet checked the details and thought it was the second time they lost by similar edge against Sundowns as he reviewed Chiefs lost by four objectives in another Premiership coordinate in Stuart Baxter's most memorable spell with the club in 2012.
However, in that match, played in August 2012, Chiefs had a comfort objective from previous midfielder Reinelwe Letsolonyane, who scored in the 76th moment after the Brazilians had burst into a 4-0 lead.
Thamsanqa Sangweni, Tebogo Langerman, Edward Manqele and Lebohang Mokoena were Sundowns' scorers on that day in a game directed by Teko Modise as playmaker for the Brazilians.
Quick forward to Saturday, where Chiefs safeguard Siyabonga Ngezana had a major impact in giving Sundowns a mid 2-0 lead, with Sundowns' objectives scored by Gaston Sirino and Peter Shalulile.
Shalulile multiplied his count after the break and Sundowns' new marking from Ethiopia, Nasir Ahmed, declared his appearance in SA football with an extraordinary objective to wrap up Chiefs' defeat towards the end.
"On the off chance that my memory serves me, I think in 2012 with mentor Stuart [Baxter], I think we lost to Sundowns here [Loftus] 4-1 or 4-0," said Zwane.
"See, now and again these things happen to the best groups on the planet and with us, clearly, right now we're actually attempting to get the mixes right.
"We've acquired new players and we have players who were a vital part of the group for quite a while. However, you can see that, in light of the manner in which we played today [Saturday], we actually have far to go as I have suggested previously.
"Yet, it was great that we were uncovered this way. Presently it comes down to a certain something: it's right off the bat in the season, we can in any case get, we can gain from this game and continue on."
Did this game come early? Zwane said for him it was great that they played Sundowns right off the bat in the season since it allows Chiefs an opportunity to survey where they are since he dominated.
"No, I think this is the matter of football and you can't pick who you need to play against and at what season of the time.
"It was really great for us, reason being we'll see ourselves regarding the hole. We need to see whether we're adequately close. We were playing against a group that has been doing incredibly, well for some season now.
"It was great for the young men and we'll take a gander at ourselves, and proceeding we know where we want to improve, separately and all in all collectively, including us as specialized staff. I'm certain we committed errors there since that is football.
"Yet, for a portion of the players it was an expectation to learn and adapt. They've been in the game and it was not whenever they first lost 4-0 and even me as a mentor, perhaps in the PSL it's interestingly, yet I've lost 4-0 ordinarily and I returned, areas of strength for extremely on.
"It's really great for us to be in this present circumstance and we'll get better with time."
Bosses, who have lost two of their initial three association matches, will have novices and early log pioneers Richards Bay at the Moses Mabhida Stadium at 8pm on Saturday.
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