- The Kaizer Chiefs were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup after failing to convert key opportunities in a penalty shootout
- Coach Ernst Middendorp defended the players who failed to score
- He argued that penalty shootouts are unpredictable
Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has stood up for the two players who failed to score during the penalty shootout which resulted in the Chiefs beings knocked out of the Nedbank Cup.
The match against Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium on Saturday evening ended in a penalty shootout which proved costly for the Chiefs.
George Maluleka and Khama Billiat were unsuccessful in their attempts to score during the shootout and the Lions of the North proved the luckier team on the day.
Middendorp argued that the two players would normally be able to score from 12 yards out but due to the nature of a penalty shootout they cannot be blamed for the loss.
“It’s always something where we are disappointed, there’s no doubt about it, but as I said, under the circumstances, there’s not really a game that we could see normally from our side,” said Middendorp.
“The penalties are always something in the end that [is unpredictable]. In particular, the two players who missed on our side – George and Khama – are normally 100 percent [guaranteed to score].
“Every time in training or whenever, regularly, they score. But this is what happens in the end, and it’s not to comment on. It’s a penalty shootout and Highlands Park qualified [for the next round]. As for us, we win together, and we’re not qualified together.”
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