Makhubedu lambasts Chiefs showing

Nedbank Cup

The PSL juggernauts were second best for the majority of this weekend’s Kabokweni Stadium encounter, trailing from the 41st minute until the 78th, even though they played against just 10 men after Bongani Nyathi’s controversial sending off.

It took a late brace from substitute Gustavo Paez to rescue Amakhosi’s blushes and put them through to the quarter-final draw, and United coach Makhubedu was extremely critical of the level of football displayed by one of the country’s biggest football clubs.

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Speaking to SuperSport after the game, the coach felt Chiefs’ sub-par performance means trouble for the future of Bafana Bafana: “We can’t complain, the red card killed off everything.

“But if this [Kaizer Chiefs] is the biggest team in the country, the national team [Bafana Bafana] is going to suffer.

“If this is the biggest team in the country, then don’t blame the national team coaches. If we [Acornbush] can go down to 10 men in the opening [26] minutes and still lead the game until the [78th] minute…”

He continued: “Chiefs didn’t come to the party. We were one man down, inexperienced at the back. They [Chiefs] are still a good team, a technical team, but I repeat it: If this is the biggest team in the country, the national team will suffer a lot.”