Nico through to Top 8 semis

Nico through to Top 8 semis
Wilbroad Mutale of Mochudi Center Chiefs and Mponang Mponang of Nico United during the 2014 Mascom Top 8 quarter final 2nd leg football match between Mochudi Center Chiefs and Nico United at the Molepolole Stadium in Molepolole, Botswana on November 10, 2014 ©Monirul Bhuiyan/BackpagePix

Thursday Nov 27, 2014. 00:05

Mochudi Centre Chiefs won Wednesday's rescheduled Mascom Top 8 quarterfinal 1-0, but still lost 3-1 to Nico United on aggregate.

The two coaches were relieved after the last 16 minutes of this rescheduled match were played.

Centre Chiefs were able to finish off the final 16 minutes and stay in the lead (1-0) as they had been when the original match was stopped after 74 minutes due to a power failure and postponed.

Both coaches Ken Mogae and Mike Sithole said it was the first time that they had ever played a football game for only 16 minutes. Mogae revealed that the most difficult thing was to prepare the players for the game.

“We played the most difficult game in my life. We coach in three parts being 45 minutes divided by three. So today we only played the single 15 minutes which was tough. We also had a number of injuries,” Mogae said.

"Chiefs panicked and they played a style that they are not comfortable with. They by-passed the midfield but I knew it wasn’t their strength. To be honest we have missed two days of training for the weekend game. That is a big worry for us going forward," Mogae said.

For his part Sithole explained that although they lost it in the first leg they couldn’t do it in the 16 minutes.

"When the game was stopped in the 74th minute we were causing them problems and it was working. Now they were fresh and we couldn’t pile pressure like in the past game. It was always going to be difficult it was like a complete new game," Sithole explained.

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