Mabedi: How Ajax Tried To Get Chiefs Starlet Sent Off
Patrick Mabedi Said Muhsin Ertugral Made Him Substitute A Kaizer Chiefs Player
Patrick Mabedi had to take off one of his players against Ajax Cape Town, saying that Muhsin Ertugral’s tactics were to get him sent off.
Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya was given just his second start of the season as the Amakhosi went up against the Urban Warriors in Cape Town, with Ertugral’s side chasing a win as they looked to try and climb up out of the relegation play-off spot.
The 21-year-old was shown a first half yellow card with the score locked at 0-0, and Mabedi – who knows Ertugral from his playing days – says that he had to take action and pull the youngster off in the 55th minute.
He told the club’s official website, “Knowing Muhsin, I could early in the match see a few of their tactics… I pulled out Ntiya-Ntiya when I noticed they were piling pressure on him because he had a booking already. They wanted to force him to commit another foul, earn a second booking and given marching orders. I was quick to respond to that tactic.
“I had a job to do. I learnt a lot from Muhsin but I had to do the job for Chiefs. We knew winning this match would get us into the CAF Confederation Cup.”
Chiefs went on to win the game 2-1, joining Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates in the next edition of CAF’s inter-club competition, with Mabedi managing to end his reign as interim coach on a high.
Ntiya-Ntiya, meanwhile, is one player that Chiefs fans will be hoping to see more of next season as they look to see a revitalised Amakhosi in the Absa Premiership.