Tshabalala 'not at his best'

2011-09-12 07:49

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic has defended his decision to substitute Siphiwe Tshabalala during the MTN8 final on Saturday.

The Bafana Bafana midfielder made way for new boy Willard Katsande with about 10 minutes of regulation time remaining.

Chiefs' lack of creative spark in midfield after Tshabalala was taken off was noticeable, as Amakhosi went down 1-0 to their perennial rivals in extra-time to an Oupa Manyisa strike.

After the game, Vermezovic insisted that Tshabalala didn't deserve to play further than the 81 minutes.

"Look, in my team no-one is unchangeable and my philosophy is all Bafana Bafana players must always take responsibility.

"During the final we had a couple of players who didn't perform well and Tshabalala was one of them and that's why he came off.

"It doesn't mean he is not a good player, but he was not at his usual level, the real Tshabalala from Bafana Bafana," Vermezovic asserted.

He added: "I put in Katsande, because he has got a good shot and we were at that time trying to break down the Pirates defence, because it was impossible for us to beat them from around their box so we had to try from long range and I thought Katsande could do the job."

"Pirates' defence was compact and they played very good and that's why Siyabonga Sangweni was named man of the match. So, the idea was to get in a player who could hit shots from long range.

"I don't think the Pirates goalkeeper (Moeneeb Josephs) made many saves because their defence was good so a change was necessary.

Speaking to afterwards, Tshabalala declined to comment on the substitution.

"I don't want to comment on that, but I do respect the coach's opinion. All I can say is that I'm disappointed of course with the result, but then again it is not the end of the world."

Soccer Laduma

  • Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-09-12 09:24

    Bobby must buy the players. otherwise the team is going down and down. they have just released musona without a plan.

  • Eugene - 2011-09-12 09:44

    What about Berbet Parker, he was de 1 who was suppose 2 b substituted. Wrong decision Coach.

      Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-09-12 16:03

      Parker is not good for KC and for Bafana-Bafana. he is good for Amazulu or Black leopards. he is under pressure at chiefs

  • remnant - 2011-09-12 09:59

    truely sad with the Loss.We need to start realizing Chiefs don't have depth!we have always relied on individual brilliance...We need reinforcement!the team we have is not CUP material im sorry...

  • bhekie2k - 2011-09-12 10:11

    To V.V, this is not the season to experiment, this is not the season to be giving debuts especially in a cup final. Bobby should sign players and stop buying below par players and hoping to grow them. we need to win the league at least, but with this squad, I doubt we will match up. Not that we don't have a good first 11, but because we don't have something Bobby. Congrats to Pirates...#khosi4Life

  • banda - 2011-09-12 10:34

    boby must buy quality nd a coach made a flop during da game .v.v dont have plan b nd c a boy lyk baloyi should have played regardless of yeye being available

  • Bankai - 2011-09-12 11:58

    Jessica and Bobby Must just go end of story that team is useless and depthless even if Tshabalala played the whole game nothing was gonna happen. I just have one question who the hell is responsible for scouting player in this team i think he/she must be shot dead, Parker is a reject and Majora lacks basic football, Ngcobo eish. haaai just kill the scouter and fire the two motaungs maybe we will have a chance to win the league

  • Percy - 2011-09-12 12:15

    chiefs are a lost cause...its realy a shame to c our felow sowetan club go down lyk this.....NOT!!! hahaha

  • Nari - 2011-09-12 12:16

    Sorry guys makhosi for lunch , eish!! Manyisa is going to do it again this coming Sat

  • ALFRED MALULEKE - 2011-09-12 13:01


      Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-09-12 15:31

      Alfred maluks, do u have a reason to support KC? KC is like wits or santos. top teams in mzanzi ke sundowns , pirates and wits. then chiefs grouped with celtic, wits, santos and swallows

  • Maphindi - 2011-09-12 15:19

    Kaizer Chiefs' coach' time is over. He does not have the heart of the team. He doesnt even feel sorry about the loss of the team. I think his time is over as KC coach. thanks

      Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-09-12 15:26

      there is nothing he ca do. as long as bobby buys a cheap material. bobby knows nothing about football admin, may be jesica is better else kaizer junior. not bob steak

  • phineasmonareng - 2011-09-12 16:50

    Bob Stake is time to step off as long bobby still in charge of chiefs they wont win any trophy. Look at Sangweni that boy likes chiefs with all of his heart but what happen to him. Bobby is time to wake up

  • GapeM - 2011-09-13 08:55

    Honestly speaking, Chiefs is not playing the entertaining football that we know and they lack depth..... When you replace Shaba or anyone for that matter we should see the difference. Our Coach is failing us on that, Substituting at the wrong time with an irrelevant player. Take Ama-bokoboko(Springboks) for an example, we where totally out of the game against the Wales, but Peter De viliiers made good substitutes..... taking out Habana for Hougaard and that boy made a whole lot of difference when he came in and he even scored a try. I mean Chiefs has a lot of talent that is not being utillised by the coach, the likes of Mandla Masango, George Lebese, Abia Nale, Lucky Khune, Stanton Lewis, Lucky Baloyi and Yende. 2003/2004 and 2004/2005 seasons were the most entertaining seasons ever when TED DUMITRU was in charge, we used to eat, drink and sleep soccer with those boys as the Stadium wold roar for Scara*Black Jesus* Ngobese with his 360 degrees. VV doesn't know and understand the style, type and the culture that Kaizer chiefs play... Chiefs it known for its best Middlefielders and for attacking with them and scoring them. The likes of Arthur Zwane , Robert Nauseb,Jossias, Jabu Pule Mahlangu, Stanton Fredicks, Jabulani Mendu, Doctor*16v* Khumalo John Shoes Moshoeu, Thabo *Tseke-tseke* Mooki, Gert Van Schalkwyk, David Mathebula, David Obua, Siyabonga Nkosi, Thuso Phala.

      Njabulo - 2011-09-13 12:50

      You touched very important points KHOSI. We loved Amakhosi for their perennial skill especially in the midfield & that is no longer the case with the current squad that we have judging from recent performences. Having said that, I still don't think we are that weak & I believe it will be very difficult for any team to beat us. Abia Nale deserves somethng better (game time), e.g bring him on if we are leading. Pirates had 2 work hard not to concede especially in the first half. I am 100% against those who say Baloyi should have started the game, because Yeye perfomed well and, its the fact that you can't win Soweto Derby with youngsters. We were going to lose by 3-0 had he started. I mean if you start with Baloyi & Tinashe, you are defending because they are both defensive & you can't rely on them because they are both not that creative with the ball on their feet. That is also a problem for Bafana if you start with Khuboni & Dikgasho.

  • sakhile - 2011-09-13 18:02

    So you thought katsande will break the champions unbreakable defence consisting nsimbi heee. i can't wait for saturday to improve another sores

      MPHO EDWIN PULE - 2011-09-14 15:57

      for me katsande is stil on internship. you need the LEGENDS to beat Pirates

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