Mdaka refuses to blame red card for Chiefs draw

Raymond Mdaka talks following Marumo Gallants draw to Kaizer Chiefs.
Raymond Mdaka talks following Marumo Gallants draw to Kaizer Chiefs.

Marumo Gallants coach Raymond Mdaka did not want to blame Olivier Toure's sending off as the reason for their sixth draw of the season.

Gallants took an early lead courtesy of Mahlatse Makudubela but they were reduced to ten men on 66 minutes after Toure was sent off.

Zitha Kwinika salvaged a point for Amakhosi with the equaliser six minutes before time, which left the coach disappointed.

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"Ja well a bit disappointed because regardless of the red-card I think this has been the story that has been going on for a number of games," Mdaka told SuperSport TV.

"We lead, then we concede and the kind of goals that we concede are those that we say lousy goals sort of, so it's frustrating a bit.

"Much as we can try to play well, the most important thing is to get the three points, once you don't get the three points, you're always languishing at the bottom of the log," he said.

"Players cannot express themselves that much freely because you're playing under pressure almost every time and it should not get into our minds to say.

"We always lead and concede, lead and concede but what a game I can say. I don't want to blame the red-card, the red-card is part of the game, we need to man it [up] when we have the red-card and be able to maintain what we have. That's why I feel like it [first win] was just around the corner here."

Mdaka, however, went on to say that the red card changed the complexion of the game and their makeshift defence got exposed.

"Obviously the red-card changed [the game] because we could see the tall our players were taking and the worse part of it is that we've got two centre-backs who are already out," he went on.

"Our captain Lehlohonolo [Nonyane] is out, Ayanda [Nkili] is out from injury, Sbu Khumalo, so you make a makeshift, whatever we were doing was just a makeshift in the defence.

"So we just have to take it, the one point that we thought we would get three I think would be good for us."