Thela Ngobeni delighted after penalty shootout heroics in Telkom Knockout clash
Posted: 6 November 2016 Time: 19:21
Free State Stars goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni says he used mid games to save the decisive penalty which saw his side knock Kaizer Chiefs out of this year’s Telkom Knockout.
After a 2-2 draw at full-time, the lottery of spot-kicks was used to separate the two sides, with Ea Lla Koto emerging victorious 6-5.
“It wasn’t easy, Chiefs are a very good team, but it was our day today,” Ngobeni told SuperSportTV after the game. “It was difficult [in the rain], especially with the set-pieces, but I will go and check my videos and see where I can improve.
“We managed to keep pushing, once it got to penalties I did my best and I’m glad the guys also scored their penalties.”
Ngobeni says he had prepared for a penalty shoot-out prior to the match, and says he threw William Twala off his game to save the decisive kick.
“Luckily we managed to look at their [Chiefs] penalties since they went to penalties against Maritzburg [in the Last 16] as well. Especially the last one, I played mind-games with him [William Twala] and told him where he was going. It worked for me. I was just enjoying myself to be honest and once the job was done I was happy.”
Stars will face Cape Town City in their semi-final match-up later this month.