Steve Komphela accepts penalty miss in Soweto derby draw

Steve Komphela accepts penalty miss in Soweto derby draw
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Mar 05, 2017. 11:00

Steve Komphela has accepted that not all penalties can be scored, after seeing a spot kick missed in Kaizer Chiefs’ 1-1 draw with Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

Joseph Molangoane’s opening strike and an own goal by Amakhosi teammate Tsepo Masilela left the game at 1-1, but Chiefs had a late chance to claim all three points through a debatable penalty.

Midfielder Willard Katsande took on the responsibility of the spot kick, but saw his effort well saved by goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo.

"It is a question of focus and understanding that this is the moment that defines everything,” Komphela told SABC TV cameras, as quoted by Kick Off.

“Penalties are missed by a lot of players, we have seen the Roberto Baggios and Beckhams and all that. It is unfortunate.

"But with the number of chances we had could have done better. Even in the first half, before we went to the dressing room, we should have taken advantage. We regret we couldn't get three points, performance-wise it's okay.

"But there were also areas where Pirates were ahead of us, we didn't manage that very well. Just tied to that, we were almost there... 82nd minute it's almost done.

“We were about to make a substitution in fact, we had to hold and see what happened with the penalty.

“Then we had to throw [Gustavo] Paez in, because we were gonna throw in [Daniel] Cardoso after scoring that goal. There were only five minutes to play, we regret that."

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