Norman Mapeza rues FC Platinum’s erratic defence in Champions League

Norman Mapeza rues FC Platinum’s erratic defence in Champions League
Norman Mapeza (R) . EPA/AARON UFUMELI

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Feb 23, 2018. 18:00

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says individual errors killed them against Desportivo de Agosto on Wednesday in the second leg of their preliminary CAF Champions League match.

Platinum lost 2-1 (5-1 on aggregate) as they exited the continental tournament, but Mapeza congratulated his Angolan opponents.

Goals from Akifenwa Ibukun and Bitumba Jacques helped the Angolans complete a double as the hosts netted through Rodwell Chinyengetere.

Mapeza bemoaned individual errors for the defeat, saying his players repeated the mistakes they committed in Luanda.

“Just like what happened in Luanda, individual errors let us down,” he said after the game.

“It only needs someone, who is always involved in football, to understand these mistakes that football players make.

“We failed to defend well, they caught us on the counter and here we are. It’s done and we congratulate Agosto for a job well done.

“We got good opportunities in both halves of the game but we could not convert and on the other hand our opponents used the few chances they got.

“It rained before the game and it also had an impact on our game play.”



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