Rustenburg - Platinum Stars head coach Allan Freese was left stressing following their MTN8 semi-final defeat to Kaizer Chiefs over the weekend.
The defending champions have the mountain to climb following their 2-0 loss in the Wafa-Wafa semi-final first leg clash at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.
George Maluleka’s brace gave Amakhosi a significant advantage heading into the second leg.
The 58-year-old mentor believes that Stars could have wrapped up the game before the interval.
“It was a game of two halves, first half we had our chances to score but we didn’t,” said Freese.
“Did we come out in the second half? I really don’t know. Maybe we all didn’t come out. We had a chance to make it 1-1 in the second half but we couldn’t."
Football is a cruel game, just like that. You miss to score there and they come and score against you here."
“Now we just need to regroup and focus on our next game on Wednesday. We need to find a new direction quickly. We missed plenty of chances but we will regroup again and hopefully do well in the second leg.
Stars will be hoping to overcome their two-goal deficit in the second leg this coming Sunday.
Their next game will be against Mpumalanga Black Aces in the Absa Premiership at the Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday night.
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