Izolo (yesterday), was Amakhosi’s redemption game as it was facing uStuart Baxter, their ex-coach. That, plus the players he signed from Khosi. You can imagine how much he (Baxter) wanted to hammer iKhosi,with a bigger margin and to confirm ukuthi the Pirates 6-1 win was no fluke.
As far as Amakhosi were concerned,,they had to demonstrate ukuthi they can get massive results, especially against teams like abo Supersport calibre. So going into this game Amakhosi were under tremendous pressure, especially umqeqeshi uKomphela. I think for me it’s not pressure for results but pressure yama expectations, because before this game, Amakhosi were behind the log leaders, Wits, by only 4 points and on position 5.
Amakhosi’s faithful ngeke ubarobhe (you can’t cheat Chiefs fans),they know what they want. So expectations are clear,winning and playing well is the responsibility of a coach, kuMakhosi .
Coming into the game, Amakhosi were at the back of two massive defeats, so this game meant Khosi had to collect maximum points kuyashisa kuyabada (hot or cold).
So it was transition vs transition as both teams play similar style,which meant sacrificing ball possession in order to stay hyper-organise and vacuum the attacking teams to catch them when they are numerically inferior with an offensive transition.
This time, uKomphela made tactical changes kustructure and playing personnel. The structure changed from 3-5-2 to 4-2-3- 1 was obviously an established defensive structure that suits iKhosi.
In the line-up, Masilela slotted kuleft-back,Cardozo was benched, Ramahlwe Mphahlele / Eric Mathoho/ Lorenzo Gordihno kept their places with Captain Itumeleng Khune in goals. Defensively, again they didn’t look organised, how they conceded Supersport’s goal gave a clear message ukuthi amaBasic requirements of tactical organisation are not followed when under-
pressure, communication, occupation and zonal covering,narrow with the lines, spread formation and numerical supremacy.Chances are less likely to be conceding when these basic requirements are followed .
Masilela and Mphahlela looked good going forward, especially uMphahlele,remember Chiefs doesn’t have an outlet on the right so
Rama was expected to join the attacks which he did and very well in the first half, he even had a powerful shot saved in the process.
Esiswini (midfield) he (coach) played Willard Katsande/George Maluleka as screeners, but obviously Maluleka had a license to inter-link or advance ama attackes. The first half, especially in the last 20 minutes, they looked dominant and the midfield looked solid against Reneilwe “Yeye” Letsholonyanee/Dean Furman, but uMaluleka played well.
On the wings was George Lebese no Edmore Chirambadare were outlets. These are two left footers,which meant Lebese had to play on the right,which meant from time to time he had to come inside for combos on his strong foot and vacate the right side for Mphahlela to join in to deliver crosses and add numbers, he scored but for me attitude and application ayikho right, he had to be substitute after 60minutes as he was on reserve tank,remember he hasn’t been playing.Chirambadare dololo,he’s insulting Jabu Mahlangu no 3. When it comes to Teenage Dladla, he is just a YouTube player. Also in the middle was Siphiwe “Shabba” Tshabalala. The central role suits him, but he’s playing in patches akuhlangani,maybe he should be used as an impact, coming in as a sub, As for Michelle Katsvairo, I’m sorry kodwa he’s only speedy, I mean 9 games and only 1 goal should give a clear picture.
Like I said Amakhosi don’t have a strong bench,the subs Ryan Moon and Emmanuel Letlotlo are not players to make an impact when the team is under pressure. Daniel Cardozo came in for Mathoho who I believe injured himself.
I’m still waiting for the day to write this column without criticising Amakhosi. For now Amakhosi akuvibrate mode abaringi.
Until siringa cash cash bafethu.
Nkulunkulu we bhola.