MTN8 semi-finals: Sundowns, Chiefs continue with stuttering start to 2018/19 season

MTN8 semi-finals: Sundowns, Chiefs continue with stuttering start to 2018/19 season

- The second leg of the MTN8 semi-finals concluded over the weekend. The final will be contested by Cape Town City and SuperSport United

- Mamelodi Sundowns lost their encounter against Cape Town City 4-2 on penalties

- Kaizer Chiefs’ nightmare start to the 2018/19 season continued with 1-0 loss to SuperSport United

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Two of the biggest club’s in South African football have continued with their less than impressive start to the 2018/19 campaign. Both Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs were knocked out of the MTN8 tournament over the weekend.

The final of the 2018/19 MTN8 will be contested by Cape Town City and SuperSport United. Both of the clubs managed to turn in impressive performances against their more famous opposition.

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Kaizer Chiefs’ nightmare start to the 2018/19 season continued when the lost 1-0 to SuperSport United at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday. The loss means Kaizer Chiefs lost the encounter 3-2 on aggregate.

Briefly.co.za gathered that on Sunday, Mamelodi Sundowns continued to struggle with their own scoring nightmare. Sundowns managed to score for the first time in four matches and won the match 1-0.

The score meant the teams ended level pegging on aggregate and Kickoff.co.za reported that a penalty shootout was required to declare a winner. The pressure seemed to get to Mamelodi as their scoring woes continued and they duly lost the penalty shootout 4-2.

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas was understandably disappointed by his side being knocked out of the competition. Solinas was criticised by fans and experts for adopting a defensive style of play for the match.

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Chiefs went into the match with an away-goal aggregate lead in the match and despite assuring everyone and sundry in the build-up to the match that his team would be playing attacking football he adopted a suicidal defensive strategy.

Solinas admitted that his plan to protect his defenders and provide additional support to the strikers had failed. He once again pointed out that his players started off badly and conceded an early goal but had lifted their performance for the second half.

Solinas apologised to the Amakhosi faithful for crashing out of the tournament and losing the chance to win a much-hoped-for trophy.

Meanwhile, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said some of his key players were not at 100% and were playing with small injuries. Mosimane added that whenever a soccer match went to penalties it became a game of chance.

Mosimane said the loss was part of life and would serve as a learning experience to his players. He added that he hoped that Cape Town lifts the cup to give Benni McCarthy his first trophy as a coach.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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