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Did Chiefs Practice Penalties? Johnson Responds

Kaizer Chiefs caretaker coach Cavin Johnson has insisted his side practiced penalties before their shoutout defeat to Motsepe Foundation Championship side Milford FC in the Nedbank Cup Round of 32.

Amakhosi were held to a goalless draw in 120 minutes by the lower league side, who seemed content to defend and try their luck from the penalty spot.

The game-plan worked, with Ranga Chivaviro missing a penalty in the first half of extra-time and Edson Castillo skying his spot-kick in the shootout, while Milford converted all theirs.

After the match, Johnson revealed that his side did practice penalties and the five takers were the best in training, apart from Brandon Petersen.

“No matter who you are, no matter what team you are, if you play in this competition and you don’t prepare for penalties then the bosses of the club should fire you,” he told journalists.

“We do all that. We prepare to take penalties. On the day, penalties are always a lotto, sometimes you score, sometimes you miss.

“If I tell you the five penalty takers that were kicking penalties today, in our training sessions for the last week they have been the best.

“I wish I could put Beeza on the pitch to score a penalty, then it’s even better but they were the best.

“On the day, someone misses or someone kicks wrong, you can’t fault them for that. It’s what football does for you and especially at this stadium and with the crowd behind.

“So we have to practice.”

David Kappel
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