Black Leopards coach, Kostadin Papic, says Kaizer Chiefs were lucky to walk away with a win in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup that was contested at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday afternoon.
The Lidoda Duvha were dominating the proceedings and never played like a team from the second tier by posing a threat and holding the Nedbank Cup defending champions until extra-time when the second-half substitute Knowledge Musona scored the decisive goal to seal a1-0 win for Amakhosi.
“We are disappointed to lose today and credit should go to Kaizer Chiefs but I believe they didn’t deserve to win today,” the Serbian, who also coached both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates before, said after the match. “My players showed character today and I believe this was a good experience for us.
Black Leopards were relegated from the Premiership in the end of 2011/2012 season, but they are in course for a return to the top flight football, as the Limpopo-side lie fourth in National First Division log standings with 35 points, four points behind leaders Chippa United and they are the most scoring team in the league.
“Today we didn’t take our chances and we got punished for that, but we will switch our focus back to fighting for promotion which is our objective for the season,” Papic added.
Kaizer Chiefs coach, Stuart Baxter, made a total of six changes to his regular team with goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune, club top goal scorer Bernard Parker, and centre-back Erick Mathoho among the players given a rest by the British mentor looking to a tight schedule lying ahead for the club.
“We have tight schedule and playing CAF Champions League, the League and the Cup in the short space of time is tough that is why I want to keep my players fresh,” Stuart Baxter said after the match. “Making changes is not easy because I don’t have enough time to prepare the team due to lot of matches we are playing.