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Komphela: We Played Into Wits’ Hands

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela admits that his side were poor in their 2-1 loss to Bidvest Wits and played straight into their opposition’s strengths.

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Two headed goals from Elias Pelemebe and Thulani Hlatshwayo handed Wits the victory in their first game of the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season, but Komphela says Chiefs only have themselves to blame

“We knew Wits were going to play aerial balls and you try your utmost best to be ready for it, and it shouldn’t happen (that we can’t deal with the aerial balls) because we arranged that it shouldn’t happen – we needed to deal with it but we didn’t,” said Komphela after his side’s first league game of the season.

“One of the things we did wrong tonight was that we played to their strength. We allowed them to keep the ball in the air and we didn’t bring it down and play.

“Secondly, I think their pressing game was better than ours. They showed more desire than we did.

“Those were the two defining things that I thought if we could have dealt better with them we could have come through.”

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“Their pressing game overcame our possession, and they kept the ball in the air,” added Komphela.

“The two goals came because of two mistakes and that is what happens.

“It could have been better – one, we didn’t play and two, we conceded goals in a manner we expected them to attack us.”

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