Slippery gloves gave Chiefs ticket to Final
Santos goalkeeper Tshepo Motsoeneng blames his gloves for goal
Posted: 22 November 2010 Time: 11:57 am
Santos goalkeeper Tshepo Motsoeneng blames his gloves for the mistake that allowed Kaizer Chiefs to score their winning goal during the Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final game in Polokwane on Saturday.
Motsoeneng gifted Amakhosi striker Knowledge Musona a soft goal after he dropped a cross by Simphiwe Tshabalala which allowed Zimbabwean international to sneak in and set the Phefeni Glamour Boys enroute to the Final.
Speaking to KickOff.com on his return to Cape Town, Motsoeneng conceded that he should have done better with the cross in the 116th minute.
''I made that mistake of not changing my gloves, which were slippery, at the start of the extra-time. I caught the first ball in the first five minutes of the extra-time and felt comfortable with them, so I did not see the need to change them.
“I also made the mistake of not jumping with my left knee high as the ball was coming from left flank, otherwise I may have been able to recover quickly after dropping the ball. I also could have done the simple thing and punch the ball away.”
Motsoeneng says he has already put behind him his disappointment and promises to bounce back in great style.
“My teammates have been supportive of me, saying I have saved them in many other situations.”
The Santos goalkeeper also lost his jersey in the process. He took it off to hide his tears in front of the TV cameras at the Peter Mokaba Stadium and now it has disappeared.
“I don’t know where it is although I still have to check if one of the other the guys picked it up.”