AMAKOSI were beaten 1-0 by Pirates over the weekend, but still have a chance to bounce back during the second leg of the MTN8 semifinal. The first half went to Pirates as they took the game to Amakosi, hence we conceded a free kick which allowed Dane Klate to net it above the Chiefs' backline.
During the second half with the inclusion of Knowledge Musono the game changed and Musono was a thorn in the flesh of Pirates. Amakosi were unlucky not to be awarded an equaliser as the goalkeeper was beaten, only to be saved by a pole.
I still believe if the coach could have started with Musono, things would have been different. The coach had the best players as reserves and should have fielded Musono and also kept Lehlohonolo Majoro on the field.
There were also too many yellow cards. Pirates kept on defending the whole second half.
We will need to go back to the drawing board and make sure we field the best players and not keep the best players on the bench, especially in a competition of this magnitude.
Pirates were a little bit tired during the second half and we should have also taken the game to them instead of waiting for them to put pressure on us and thereby committing a lot of mistakes. We have sufficient time to re-group and still overcome Pirates if we can have a better game plan than Saturday's.
Richie Piyose, Port Elizabeth