Nyatama hails Makua's impact against Chiefs

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 09:  Musa Nyatama of Swallows during the DStv Premiership match between Swallows FC and Cape Town City FC at Dobsonville Stadium on August 09, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 09: Musa Nyatama of Swallows during the DStv Premiership match between Swallows FC and Cape Town City FC at Dobsonville Stadium on August 09, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Swallows FC caretaker coach Musa Nyatama says Thato Makua changed the game for his side after a difficult first half against Kaizer Chiefs.

The Birds went down 2-1 against Chiefs after conceding two goals in the first half, with Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana and Keagan Dolly netting for the Glamour Boys.

Read: Zwane sees positives from Chiefs' first away win

Waseem Isaacs pulled a goal back for Swallows on 68 minutes and Nyatama says they were unfortunate not to get the equaliser.

"Ja, I thought it was a game of two halves, in the second-half we were a little bit better. First half we were losing concentration in some aspects of the game, how we conceded the goal, the very same player who we fouled in the centre takes the ball to the side cross,"  Nyatama told SuperSport TV.

"Full-backs have to stop the crosses and also marking inside the box. Second goal, set-piece, that one I cannot comment on that, I think the goalkeeping department can tell me what happened there. But ja, as I said, a game of two halves.

Nyatama went on to say that he was encouraged by their second-half showing.

"I thought we were gonna get the second one after the fight of getting the first goal but ja I think we just need to keep on pushing ourselves," he continued.

"And working hard, that's the only thing and also in the first-half we created one or two chances from set-pieces, at the end of the ball maybe you can get one goal. But ja I think it's something we need to work hard on."

Nyatama also explained the substitution of Kagiso Malinga, who was replaced by Thato Makua at halftime.

"Ja, look Malinga was not giving us anything on the wing, so we wanted Makua to at least give us something in terms of going forward," he said.

"Because Malinga was a losing a lot of balls, so you have to protect him and help him out and Makua came on, at least he changed the game, he had very good touches.

"Also, in one of the balls I felt like if he didn't get stuck, one-on-one with the centre-back but ja, he's a young boy, he'll learn, we'll give him that opportunity."

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