Chippa United coach Dan Malesela observed that his team was very jittery against defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns during a DStv Premiership match they lost 2-0 at Loftus Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
And his counterpart Manqoba Mngqithi lamented their lack of aggression in front of goals, feeling that they could have scored more goals, but also conceded that perhaps their late defender Motjeka Madisha wanted two goals scored by Lebo Maboe and Gaston Sirino.
But Chippa were indeed very lucky as Themba Zwane, Romeo Erasmus, and Peter Shalulile both had clear-cut chances to have embarrassed the visitors, but all contrived to fluff their opportunities with Mosa Lebusa also finding the net late in the second half, but his effort ruled out for off-side.
Madisha, whose family finally received DNA confirmation that the person that died in a horrific car accident and burnt beyond recognition almost five weeks ago, was indeed the former Sundowns central defender.
“I thought today we should have scored six more goals,” said Mngqithi during a post-match interview with SuperSport’s Phumani Msibi.
“But there are times in football when you must accept that maybe Madisha wanted us to score just two goals. (Madisha wore jersey number 2 during his playing days).
“We were playing for him today. I think it’s only fair that we gave him two goals that he might have wanted. But to be honest I feel we deserved to have scored more than five goals, but that’s football.”
Sundowns players rushed to the sidelines and grabbed replica yellow t-shirt with Madisha’s face printed on the front and they displayed it to the cameras after every goal, indicating without a doubt that the match was dedicated to their former team-mate who would be buried in Limpopo this coming weekend.