Ramahlwe Mphahlele admits big Kaizer Chiefs league title blow
Posted: 30 April 2017 Time: 09:41
Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele admitted the 2-2 draw with SuperSport United on Saturday was a major blow to their title challenge.
Chiefs were 2-1 up for the majority of the match after Siphiwe Tshabalala’s brace overtook Mandla Masango’s opener for SuperSport, but Aubrey Modiba scored a late equaliser to force a draw.
Mphalele, who received the man of the match award, was visibly gutted about the result when he spoke to SuperSport TV afterwards.
“It’s always the case. We finish so well and then we just lose concentration at a very critical time of the game. I’m very disappointed, I don’t want to lie,” he said.
“I think we could have bagged all three points but what can you say, we lost concentration, we got punished for it. All the goals that we’ve been conceding throughout the season are soft goals for us, we are a big team, we should be dealing much better with the situations. Very disappointed.”
Mphahlele admitted his disappointment that Amakhosi once again squandered several chances to win the game, much like they did in the 3-2 loss to Cape Town City.
“I mean how many [chances] do you want? If you don’t put the chances inside then this is what’s gonna happen,” he continued.
“They got one chance, I think it was an own-goal. And I mean we had clear-cut chances, chances that you just need to tap into the net, but we don’t take them and then that’s bound to happen, they got one stupid goal, sorry to say, we should have been three, four goals goals up but we didn’t take our chances and it’s been the story of our lives.
“It’s a very big setback for us [in the title race] but we have to keep going, we don’t have a choice. We just have to keep hustling and grinding and obviously we wanted to take the three points and at least move a little bit up but it wasn’t to be.
“It’s a big setback, we’ve dropped points at a crucial time of the season, when we need them the most. Very disappointed but we just have to keep going.”
Rama added: “Thanks to the fans who came to support us, they always come and support us and we really appreciate it.”