Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has explained why he subbed young midfielder Nkosingiphile Ngcobo at half-time during the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates at the weekend, a game Amakhosi lost 2-1.
Eager to win for the first time against their bitter rivals, Hunt didn’t waste time making changes to his initial starting line-up, and Ngcobo was the sacrificial lamb.
“There was no injury concern,” Hunt told the media after the DStv Premiership clash played at Orlando Stadium at the weekend.
“It was not his type of game. I thought so, and it was proved right because it was one-way traffic in the second half after the changes we made. We had a change of shape and it was much better, we kept them (Pirates) back and we looked much better. We needed more width.”
Happy Mashiane came on for Ngcobo and made an immediate impact as he won a penalty early in the second half, but stand-in captain Samir Nurkovic failed to convert with goalkeeper Richard Ofori making the crucial save.
Hunt is still looking for his first Soweto Derby victory having now faced the Buccaneers three times since taking over in September.
Pirates beat Chiefs 5-0 on aggregate in their MTN8 semifinal encounter late last year and again on Saturday in the league.
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