Why Hunt substituted Ngcobo early

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has shared the reason behind his decision to substitute Nkosingiphile Ngcobo at half-time of their Soweto Derby defeat.

Chiefs went into the match with only two changes to their line-up from the previous game against Baroka, that saw Njabulo Blom and Kearyn Baccus in place of Erick Mathoho and Happy Mashiane.

The line-up appeared strong enough to trouble the Orlando Pirates defence on numerous occasions but the failure of individuals to take their scoring chances saw Amakhosi go into half-time trailing 1-0 after Thembinkosi Lorch’s goal.

Hunt then made a half-time change as Ngcobo, who had been operating out wide on the left, was sacrificed for Mashiane, much to the surprise of supporters on social media.

The four-time league winner subsequently defended that the substitution was to give his side more attacking impetus rather than injury enforced.

"No, no injury concerns. It was just not [Ngcobo's] type of game, I thought, and I was proven right. I mean, it was one-way traffic in the second-half after the changes we made," explained Hunt after the game.

"We changed the shape and it was much better, we kept [Pirates] back and we looked much better. We needed more width."

Chiefs ultimately went on to lose 2-1, with Daniel Cardoso grabbing a late consolation goal after Siphesihle Ndlovu came off the bench to double The Buccaneers’ lead in the second half.

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