Komphela: We played, they won
6 October 2014
Maritzburg United coach Steve Komphela feels his side deserved to get more than they did out of Saturday’s TKO last 16 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs.
Despite dominating the midfield battle and enjoying much of the play, the Team of Choice were forced to bow out of the competition after going down 1-0, the only goal of the game being scored by Bernard Parker on 15 minutes.
“Last week (in an Absa Premiership 1-0 loss to Chiefs), we gave Tshepo (Masilela) too much space, we so we narrowed that distance, and it worked well,” said Komphela.
“We also gave too much space to Willard Katsande and [Reneilwe] Letsholonayne - the number six and number eight were hurting us, so we took the line of confrontation, we stepped up, and it solved the problem.
“To an extend I felt we dominated, we played with comfort, if I were to sum it up in a manner which is selfish, I would say, we played, they won. But they were also very clever. There was a stage where they realised that [Willard] Katsande was not on the ball, so they released [Tefu] Mashamaite.
“On the back of that I still felt the comfort that if it were not for the goal we conceded in the first half, although goals are conceded by mistakes, we could have done something better. I'm not disappointed, I'm okay with it, but we can only do better," he added.