Free State Stars coach Steve Komphela was struggling for positive comments following his side's penalty shootout defeat to Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.
Ea Lla Koto wasted a host of first-half chances and despite slotting a penalty through Sadate Ouro-Akoriko, Knowledge Musona would equalise late on and Chiefs went on to win 4-2 via a penalty shootout.
"At the end of it, you can't come up with a positive comment. But one says it was a beautiful match of football. There had been talk that this pitch couldn't take the strain, but it could hold on for 120 minutes of raining," he said.
"On top of that, the officials. It was not a bad match, even though it was raining and slippery. They did tremendously well, because sometimes we complain about them."
Asked about their first-half tactics, he continued "We always do (get our tactics spot on), it dates back many years. This match was not lost on penalties, we lost it in the 82nd minute, we were on attack and upon transition we switched off. Then they went on ahead and a goal - the defining moment.
Komphela had also readied goalkeeper Tshepo Motsoeneng to replace Daniel Agyei for the shootout, but admits that they got it wrong and were then not allowed to complete the switch after leaving it too late.
"We wanted to make a move, but a minute was not sufficient. We had prepared him when the last 15 minutes started, and when the board was raised for one minute left we could not make the substitution. At the end of 120 minutes we could not make the sub unless the goalkeeper got injured. We failed to be prompt.
"We know our goalkeepers. We thought Tsepo could bring something, his big frame and being fresh. But compliment to Kaizer Chiefs, we wish them well."
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