Ntseki: We tried to win as early as possible

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  • Post published:August 15, 2023

Kaizer Chiefs coach Molefi Ntseki wanted his side to win the game as “early as possible” after they came from behind to beat Cape Town City in the quarter-finals of the MTN8.

The Glamour Boys secured their place in the semi-finals of the competition after goals from Ashley Du Preez and Edson Castillo cancelled out Marc Van Heerden’s opener at Athlone Stadium on Sunday.

Amakhosi will now face Mamelodi Sundowns in a mouth-watering semi-final fixture, however, the dates and venues are yet to be announced by the Premier Soccer League.

Ntseki is now hoping his side can build on this performance as they prepare to face TS Galaxy in their next DStv Premiership encounter at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.

“It was a very tough one, knowing that we came from a loss in our last game against Sundowns,” Ntseki told his club’s official website.

“So I impressed on the players that, as this was a Cup game, we had to give an ‘A’ performance, and I must say well done to the players in terms of how they responded to implementing the plan today.

“From the first minute you could see we wanted to win this game. We were putting much pressure on the opponents and we didn’t give them much space to play. I think our counter-pressing was very good.

“When you look at Cape Town City in their last two games, they play a game of high intensity, as was the case in the second half of our game against Sundowns.

“Plus, it’s a Cup game so you have to try to win as early as possible, rather than go to extra time, which brings energy level challenges. We came here with one point in mind, to win this game.”

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