Kaizer Chiefs have earned some credit from Township Rollers coach Tomas Trucha following their meeting in Botswana over the weekend.
Chiefs suffered a 2-1 defeat in a recent pre-season friendly away to Rollers on Saturday as they fielded a relatively strong side, including all their new signings.
The result, naturally, has drawn criticism from the club’s supporters as the 2019/20 season edges closer, with just over a week remaining until Amakhosi face Highlands Park in their Absa Premiership opener.
The blooding in of their new signings was in full effect as attacking trio of Lazarous Kambole, Kearyn Baccus and Smair Nurkovic all started on the weekend, while midfield hardman James Kotei was amongst Ernst Middedorp’s substitutes.
Despite taking an early lead, the Soweto giants were bundled over by the Botswana Premier League giants who overturned the lead midway through the second half without response.
But Trucha, who was appointed less than three weeks ago, gave an honest account of the tie and admitted that the result was not a true reflection of the match.
"We must be humble and honest; Kaizer Chiefs is a big team and the match could have gone either way,” Trucha told his club’s website.
“It is just a friendly, we have not won anything yet, but we are happy with the result as it helps us as we keep on building the team.”
The Cech tactician also explained what was needed for his charges to overturn the 1-0 deficit they faced in as early as the second minute of the match.
“When you concede a goal so early in a match it can become difficult, but it is a complement to the players that they managed to keep on going, and from 1-0 we turned the result around,” he added.
“We played at a high tempo and tried to maintain it, but it is difficult to keep it all game. We got ourselves back into the game and it became about defending high up, and emotionally helping each other to keep the result.
“Every player is important for us, even those who were not on the match day squad, they had training session in the morning, and we will keep on working on the squad."