Kaizer Chiefs’ Under-17s had a mixed result on the first day of the Engen Knockout Challenge 2016. They first beat Platinum Stars 1-0, before losing with the same scoreline to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Amakhosi started the day well thanks to beating Platinum Stars. Chiefs were clearly the better side, creating several chances. However, in the end, only one goal was scored thanks to midfielder Nkosingiphile Ngcobo in the second half. The youngster curved the ball brilliantly, from outside the box, past the Stars goalkeeper into the far right corner.
“At first I was looking for a short pass,” reflected Ngcobo afterwards about his magnificent goal, “but I couldn’t find anybody. Then I saw the option to shoot at goal and I hit the ball with a curve into the far right corner. The moment I took the shot, I knew the ball was going to find the back of the net and started celebrating. I was so happy.”
Chiefs did well in that first game with Innocent Nzama being a constant threat on the right wing and striker Sibongiseni Hlengwa looking threatening whenever in possession of the ball. Meanwhile, captain Njabulo Blom was marshalling well the defence.
Sadly enough, after the positive opening game, Amakhosi lost to the Brazilians, due to a goal conceded towards the end of the game.
Chiefs’ new Under-17 coach Thabo Tsutsulupa, however, wasn’t too depressed about the results, despite the mixed outcome: “The boys are still getting to know me. It’s all about building a relationship as a father to the young players. When that is established, one can concentrate more on the tactical aspect of the game. The squad was under some pressure during the first half of the first game. They played with less stress in the second half with the goal as a result. We will get there.”
Chiefs’ Under-17s will continue their campaign tomorrow, Saturday, 30 July, with a clash against Eersterus FC, at 10am. The Engen Knockout Challenge is held at Johannesburg’s Marks Park.