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Manyama: Why we crumbled vs Wydad

CAF Champions League

Lebogang Manyama feels all is not lost in Kaizer Chiefs' pursuit of the CAF Champions League knockout stages despite the humbling defeat to Wydad AC.

Chiefs succumbed to a 4-0 defeat in Burkina Faso on Sunday in their first away trip in the competition as they faced the Botola giants at a neutral venue, following the Covid-19 restrictions that prevented them from entering Morocco.

The group stage debutants faced the vastly experienced 2019/20 semi-finalists who made them pay for their mistakes in defence and profited on the counter-attack in the second-half as Amakhosi chased the game.

Manyama has now seemingly echoed the sentiments of Wydad boss Faouzi Benzarti who suggested they waited for Gavin Hunt's side to throw men forward before striking clinically with their chances.

"Obviously we knew it was going to be tough," Manyama said. "We're playing some of the top teams in Africa, Wydad, we played Horoya.

"I think the first game we could have won with so many chances but unfortunately, we couldn't get one in as it has been for most of our season, we missed chances and sometimes we get punished for missing those chances."

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While the South Africa international admits they were aware of the dangers to North Africans possess, he feels it was they only have themselves to blame for the one-side scoreline that has left them with an uphill battle to qualify from Group C.

"You know Wydad, we've seen them play Mamelodi Sundowns before and gave them problems for a couple of years so we knew we're coming up against a very strong team," Manyama explained.

"A team that is in the Champions League every season. You could see they had more experience and we gifted them their first two goals.

"Obviously when it's two and you try to get back [into the game] - you either come back or get punished because you pushing people forward.

"I think it was a good learning experience but they still need to come this side and we need to make sure that we give it our all like they did when they were playing there."

Chiefs face fourth-placed Petro de Luanda who sacked their head coach last week for their next Champions League clash on Saturday at the FNB Stadium (18h00).

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