Ntseki: We have a long way to go

Kaizer Chiefs head coach, Molefi Ntseki, is pleased with his team’s recent performances after their 2-0 victory over Stellenbosch FC in Cape Town.

Amakhosi beat Amazulu 3-0 at FNB stadium last week and the back-to-back wins have also helped them climb to the fifth position in the DStv Premiership standings.

“It is a very important win. Coming into this game after playing AmaZulu the turnaround time was very short, but we kept our players focused on doing what must be done to deal with Stellies, and I think we did very well,” the coach said after the match.

“Our forward players took their chances and Brandon (Petersen) made two great saves to keep us in the match when it was in the balance. I am very happy we scored two goals and did not concede.

“Now we have six points in a row,” said Ntseki, adding, “You can practice anything at training but the most important thing is the mental strength to take that into a match situation.

“I think we can see that the boys are improving as a team, both in and out of possession, as well as in transition. I want to add to that set plays. “We are scoring from set pieces, which is important in games when it is difficult to break down the opponents in open play.”

Despite being satisfied with the positive direction the team is heading in, Ntseki emphasised that it is still early days, and much hard work lies ahead.

“There’s still a long way to go because this is a marathon. We have only played a few games, which is essentially taking baby steps in terms of tactical understanding.

“At the back our two new central defenders are settling in. In midfield, you can see the partnership developing between Yusuf Maart and Edson Castillo, and up front the decisions on making runs and passes is also improving.

“We always go back to training to correct any mistakes we made, but I think we are making very good progress,” he said.

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