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How good was Dube on his debut?

After Kaizer Chiefs' 2-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday evening, there have been some poor defensive work to blame for Mamelodi Sundowns’ opening goal against Amakhosi. This is in accordance to former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siyabonga Nkosi and ex-Sundowns defender Matthew Booth.

While it was Kaizer Chiefs who seemed to have enjoyed the better of the chances in Tshwane, it was the home side which took their chances in front of goal. It took the defending Champions just 6 minutes to get on the score-sheet as centre-back Grant Kekana popped up at the far post to head in a Lyle Lakay free-kick.

The simplest of goals saw the former SuperSport United defender easily out-jumping Chiefs debutant Austin Dube and then beating goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma from a tight angle. Siyabonga Nkosi questioned Dube’s positioning at the goal as well as his defensive awareness.

“Try to see the person you are marking." Said Nkosi.

"I saw he was on the line, But then one eye has to be on whoever is trying to make a run towards the area that you are protecting, and he (referring to Dube) lost that completely,”

“What Kekana did was exploit the fact that he lost sight of him. That is why he was able to head it behind Dube."

“His reaction, his anticipation, I think to sum it all up, he fell asleep just before, or when the ball was played." Explained the former playmaker.

Nkosi's fellow analyst Matthew Booth wondered whether Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bvuma should have come and plucked Lakay’s floated delivery out of the sky before it even reached Kekana.

“If the ball was whipped in, I would understand him not having enough time to set himself up. But the ball was floated in, nicely across to his far post, giving him time to set," said Booth

"It was a very good header from Kekana, but still there should have been more of a reaction. Particularly his right hand, a strong right hand"

Kaizer Chiefs fans have been long calling for a Dube and Ngcobo involvement, Dube had his chance while the defender of the season Ngcobo watched from the sidelines as he continues to wait for his opportunity at the club.


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