Zwane delighted with Nedbank Cup progression

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  • Post published:February 11, 2023

Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane was delighted with his side’s 2-0 extra-time Nedbank Cup Last 32 victory over 10-man Maritzburg United on Friday as the AmaKhosi hunt a first trophy in eight years.

Goals from new boy Christian Saile and Ashley du Preez sealed the win in a tough game in which the hosts lost Travis Graham to a red card in the first half.

“I think we started like a house on fire today, we had a couple of chances, I think in 15 minutes we had about three, the keeper made good saves and we were in control of the game,” Zwane said.

“First half I think we were on top of them. Then second-half obviously now they’ve got a red-card. It’s always difficult to play against a team that’s got a red card.

“Obviously they’ll form that block, they’ll always wait for the right moment to attack you and that is what we said to the guys, we said, ‘They gonna be pumping the balls to [Kwame] Peprah, because he’s strong, physically he’s very good at holding the ball and as soon as he holds the ball, we allow him to hold the ball and then the rest will join’

“Then we went to sleep a little bit because we thought now we’re on top of them but we were not playing the ball in the right areas to hurt them and until Happy [Mashiane] did the right thing, he played a couple of those balls that we dangerous inside the box and now we needed numbers to flood the box.”