This is my darkest hour — Ertugral

2008-10-19 00:00

Kaizer Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral described it as "his darkest hour."

Harassed, humbled and ultimately humiliated, Telkom Knockout holders Kaizer Chiefs received a knock-out blow in the first round of this year’s competition when they tumbled to a 4-1 defeat against Golden Arrows at the Chatsworth Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon.

Even the switching on of the floodlights on a cloudy afternoon could not conceal Chiefs’ gloom as they were outplayed in all departments.

Ertugral described the defeat afterwards as one of the club’s darkest hours - "and one of the darkest hours of my career".

"We were simply outplayed," added Ertugral. "We have no excuses. The better team won - and they won well."

And the player principally responsible for Arrows piercing Amakhosi’s pride was the enterprising Richard Henyekane, who recorded a masterly hat-trick and had Chiefs at sixes and sevens with his electrifying runs.

Arrows had victory in the bag by half-time with a convincing 3-0 advantage following fourth and 28th minute strikes by Henyekane and a 23rd minute own goal from Mokete Tsotetsi.

And they stepped up the momentum and increased their lead in the 73rd minute when Henyekane volleyed a cross into the net to complete his hat-trick with the most spectacular goal of the game.

"We planned for this all week," said Henyekane after limping off the pitch in the 78th minute. "We aimed to put pressure on Chiefs from the outset and prevent them playing at their own pace."

And they achieved exactly that with a good deal of poise and panache as Amakhosi supporters in the 13 000 crowd began trooping out of the stadium long before the final whistle.

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