Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane has defended defender Siyabong Ngezana, who was to blame for the first two goals they conceded in their 4-0 defeat by Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Ngezana’s failed back pass led to the first goal. He then fouled Peter Shalulile in the box and the striker rose to take the spot-kick. Zwane, who replaced the defender at half-time, says Ngezane was not himself during the game.

“If you look at how it happened, it happened early in the game and then he couldn’t recover.” It’s not like Siya.”

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“Sia is one of the best defenders we have, for example the goal we conceded, I think it was the fourth goal when they played the ball down the line on the left – in those situations you know Sia will come out on top , unfortunately, he was not the same today,” explained Zvane

The coach adds that Ngezana also complained of a serious injury. Zwane says mistakes are part of the game.

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“But these things happen in football. I’m not going to kill him because of it, we’re going to try to help him get his spirits up and train him, you know a lot of other players are still going to make those mistakes and we’re moving on. I think we’ll get better with time, so he shouldn’t worry that it’s part of the game, we all make mistakes,” Zwane added.

Zwane goes on to point out that even referee Victor Gomez got it wrong when he booked Zita Quinika instead of Ngezana for the foul on Shalulila.

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