Following a shocking defeat this past Sunday, Golden Arrows head coach Steve Komphela says the fall was one of the most difficult and embarrassing matches to understand because of the outcome.
Speaking after the match, Komphela said the team performed very well and created numerous opportunities.
“One has to applaud Jackson for wonderful work between the goal posts. He came through for his new team, denying us goals, ” the coach said.
“We had the worst start, almost similar to Sundowns last season in Pretoria. We conceded a goal in the 45min after Dube played the ball behind our midfield in build attack and the opponent went straight to our goals. Mabena scored to make it 1:0.
“The second goal was yet another mistake where we failed to guard the near post and were punished to a 2:0.” he noted.
Trailing 2-0, Komphela then made a substitute in an attempt to chase the game. Indeed after the replacement, Arrows immediately got three clear cut opportunities from Venter.
Mutizwa had two one on ones with the keeper but the latter made great saves.
“A game of football is cruel. You miss your chances, the opponent is ruthless, you pay the price. We did that in this match. All the goals we conceded were pure elementary defensive errors and we failed to convert our own clear cut chances,” said Komphela.
“We had better chances than the opponent but they took their half chances and we failed. The errors were the same even in goal four and five, ” he added.
“The centre of our defense made errors in the fourth and fifth incidents and could not deal with defending the far post. We played a great game but committed a cardinal mistake and the opponent was precise while their goalkeeper had a man of the match performance,” Komphela conceeded.
He added that the biggest challenge was to learn from the result and work on the players’ confidence and morale boost ahead of the match against Chippa United at home.