United will learn from loss: Komphela

2014-11-28 00:00

MARITZBURG United boss Steve Komphela has hailed ­Siyabonga Nomvethe’s ­experience as the reason for his side going down 2-1 to Moroka Swallows at Harry Gwala Stadium on ­Wednesday night.

United had led the match for almost an hour after Thokozani Sekotlong’s first half opener, but two late strikes from the Nomvethe stole the game. It was Maritzburg’s first loss at home this season, and the result saw them drop from third to sixth on the log.

“He [Nomvethe] will never forgive you with the experience that he’s got,” Komphela said of the 36-year-old. “You could see it in the ­second goal. That was sheer instinct and that comes from years of experience.”

Komphela bemoaned his own side’s inability to score goals when chances presented themselves.

“I think if you gave him [Nomvethe] those two ­chances we had against the goalkeeper, he would have scored them,” United’s boss said.

“We played well and we created a lot of chances, but unfortunately we couldn’t take them.”

Komphela conceded that it was “not nice” to lose at home.

“We will have to go back to the drawing board to try and correct whatever mistakes we have committed, but we are still confident that we will reach our destiny,” he said.

“The next biggest issue will be to take the chances that we create. We were also not good dealing with crosses, and we will have to look at that.”

At 1-0, things had been looking good for United, and the coach added that he had warned his side of complacency at half time.

“Sometimes a defeat brings a degree of reflection and humility. Maybe a certain feeling of being invincible had crept in. I’m not saying that it is nice to lose, but maybe for us it was not such a bad thing.”

United are next in action on Tuesday night when they face a difficult trip to Johannesburg for a date with Soweto giants Orlando Pirates.

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