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Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane vented his frustration after a “costly mistake” that gifted Marumo Gallants a goal in their 1-1 draw during the DStv Premiership encounter at FNB Stadium on Saturday night.

Chiefs’ speedy Ashley Du Preez gave Amakhosi an early lead just within ten minutes into the match as Chiefs looked well-structured.

However, a 36th minute defensive mix-up between Edmilson Dove and goalkeeper Brandon Peterson, led to Gallants’ equalizing goal through Ranga Chivaviro.

The draw saw Chiefs dropping two points, remaining 4th on the table, two points behind SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates as they are all fighting for the 2nd and 3rd spots to play CAF competitions next season.

TECHNICAL TEAM WORRIED ABOUT KAIZER CHIEFS’ COSTLY MISTAKES

Despite Chiefs having a good run lately, winning five games consecutively, it was again too familiar defensive error that again left them with a mountain to climb.

Zwane admitted the Glamour Boys need to cut out their unnecessary individual errors if they want to win games and if they are to play continental football next season.

Arthur Zwane laments Kaizer Chiefs' costly mistakes
Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyabonga Ngezana

Amakhosi boss also felt slack defending proved the difference between his side and other teams throughout the season.

“It does (making silly mistakes) worry us as a technical team because if you look at how we concede the goals it’s always like this,” Zwane told journalists after the match.

“Actually, 70% if not 80% of the goals we conceded this season were like this. Yes, 20 percent I would give to the opposition to say they unlocked us, they were superior at certain areas of the field and created chances.

“We have been talking about this since the beginning of the season, that we are conceding silly goals, making very costly mistakes. We have conceded many unnecessary goals.

ARTHUR ZWANE NOT GIVING UP ON PLAYERS

However, coach Zwane has insisted that going back to the drawing board to resolve their problems is the only option, instead of giving up on his charges.

“So as a coach, what do you do, you give up on the players? No, I can’t give up,” he said.

“I have to keep working on this—change the players’ mind-sets, change the mentality and make sure we get it right.”

Zwane and his troops will now swiftly shift their focus to the Nedbank Cup competition as they visit Royal AM at the Chatsworth Stadium for the quarter-finals clash on Sunday, 16 April 2023.

By Clifton Mabasa

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