‘Chiefs are kings of route-one football’

Telkom Knockout

Kaizer Chiefs have been compared to English Premier League side Burnley following their Telkom Knockout victory over Cape Town City at the weekend.

Chiefs fought back from a goal down late on to force the tie into extra-time before going on to win on penalties in their first-round league cup clash away to City on Saturday.

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After the Citizens led 1-0 for 50 minutes, Samir Nurkovic popped up at the right place at the right time to volley home a late equaliser, which Benni McCarthy rued due to the type of football played by Amakhosi in the build-up thereto – comparing them to The Clarets.

“When you do so well up until then, then you switch off – and we said, ‘Kaizer Chiefs is no different than anyone else, don’t get phased by the name,’” said McCarthy.

“In desperate times you need solutions, and they’re probably the kings of playing route-one football, because that’s exactly what happened.

“We had to bloody… Our players had another feeling of what it’s going to be like if any of them ever make it to the English Premier League – that’s the kind of football you’re going to get when you play a Burnley.

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“You don’t associate Burnley with Kaizer Chiefs, but [on Saturday] we felt what it was like playing against a Burnley, because everything [was punted towards] Nurkovic, Castro.

“I even saw Manyama fighting for headers – I’ve never seen Lebo head a ball, because desperate measures, and then we lapse in focus and give them a soft goal.

“Then the full stadium came to life because Kaizer Chiefs were gifted a goal that they didn’t deserve or didn’t work for.”