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Kaizer Chiefs head coach Molefe Ntseki has come to the defense of Brandon Petersen following his costly mistakes in their loss against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Sundowns edged Amakhosi 2-1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, to move to the top of the DStv Premiership table by goal difference, as they tied on six points with Cape Town City.

Amakhosi were 1-0 down at the break, courtesy of first-half Sundowns’ outstanding performance, as Ntseki labeled his side’s display a bad one, plus a calamitous error by Petersen and his defense line, which allowed Downs’ Ribeiro Costa to score in the 21st minute.

However, Chiefs equalized through Ashley Du Preez, just six minutes before the final whistle. A goal that probably made many think the game could have been a draw.

Kaizer Chiefs coach Molefi Ntseki defends Brandon Petersen after costly mistakes
Brandon Petersen

MOLEFE NTSEKI DEFENDS BRANDON PETERSEN FOLLOWING HIS MISTAKES

Nonetheless, Amakhosi coach went out to protect his keeper after the match during his post-match press conference.
The Chiefs boss also insisted it would be unfair to blame Petersen for their loss, and that his mistake is similar to other daily basis ones as it happens in football.

“When it comes to Brandon (Petersen), I think things like this do happen in football,” Ntseki said after the match.
 
“If we were to count how many times he came out to save the team, we would nullify the mistakes he made and let it go. Anything that happens in a game of football is a team effort.

“If we were to trace back and look where the first mistake was made, it was not only about him letting in the goal, but the whole team made a mistake and that’s how we conceded.”

RULANI MOKWENA HEAPS PRAISE TO KAIZER CHIEFS KEEPER

Interestingly, on the other hand, Masandawana coach Rulani Mokwena has also praised Petersen despite his two mistakes during the match.
Mokwena believes that Chiefs’ skipper deserved to be man of the match. An award that was given to his player, Tapelo Maseko.

“We have to give credit to the goalkeeper. I thought Brandon Peterson was the man of the match in my opinion,” Mokwena said.

“We have to give credit to him because we created many chances, but we couldn’t score. Also, we give credit to Chiefs for being good opponents in a big game like this.”

Chiefs will now have to swiftly switch their focus to the MTN8 Cup. They vist8 Cape Town City at the Athlone Stadium on Sunday, 13 August. The match is set for 15h00.

By Clifton Mabasa

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