Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela admitted Bernard Parker’s missed penalty was like throwing away their Nedbank Cup place against SuperSport United.
After a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes, Parker had a chance to win the game in extra time when Dean Furman handled in the area, but his spot-kick was saved by former teammate Reyaad Pieterse.
SuperSport went on to win the shootout 5-3 after George Maluleka struck the upright, with Pieterse noticeably getting into his head prior to the kick.
“Had we scored that penalty [Parker in extra time] we would be talking a different ball-game. You can’t make any excuses. We gave it away when we had an opportunity,” Komphela said on SuperSport TV.
“Every time you miss chances like those – I remember last season when we went to the cup final of the Telkom [Knockout], we missed two penalties and you’ll never come back out of that – it knocks your confidence.
“When it comes to penalties, listen, it’s no excuse but it’s a lottery and when you lose on penalties what else can you do, you should have won it in 90 minutes, or worst-case scenario when we got the penalty in extra time … bad, sad as is, we’ll have to take it.”
There was a positive talking point for the coach, notably the rising influence of William Twala, who set up Ramahlwe Mphahlele’s equaliser with a beautiful left-footed cross to the far post.
“His game is growing, he gives you lots of energy and every time you put him in there’s that spark,” Komphela added.
“There were instances where he was starting and then his game dropped a bit. I think he’s caught fire now, he’s at the level where you hope when he starts he’ll give you exactly what he does when he goes in as a sub.
“And he helps a lot, cutting in, you know he can give you a goal, he can supply for you, he has that effect, you know that he will give you something.”
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