Ledwaba: We've learned a lesson

Nedbank Cup

Magesi were thrashed 6-0 by The Clever Boys at the Old Peter Mokaba stadium, as they crashed out of the competition.

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Ledwaba explains that he prepared his side thoroughly for the threat Wits would cause, but blames his goalkeeper and defenders for conceding "soft" goals.

"It was a difficult game. We planned to stop them on the crosses – that's their game – but they killed us from the crosses," he told SuperSport after the match.

"If you can check, four of their goals were soft; our keeper went to sleep and our defenders somewhere, somehow they were sleeping."

Ledwaba adds that his side got a foot hold onto the match after the opening stages, but concedes that the goals conceded "killed the morale" of his players.

"We controlled the game after the first 10-15 minutes, when they were on top of us, then we got our footing," he added.

"After getting our footing, then the goals killed the morale of the team. We had them; we held them so it was unfortunate our goalkeeper gave them some soft goals – that's what killed us."

In his attempt to lift his players up from the hefty defeat, Ledwaba says they will take it as a learning experience and that losing to a top team like Wits is nothing to be ashamed of.

"We'll just tell them that, 'no, it's one of those... we've learned a lesson'. Weplayed against a bigger team, and Wits is a top team, make no mistake.

"Gavin [Hunt] is a good coach. You can see the way they were delivering those crosses, they were marvelous.

"We got something from this game; we've learned a lot, so it's back to the drawing board and we'll prepare for the play-offs," he concluded.