Siphamandla Hleza: Milford FC Head Coach Lauds Goalkeeper After Nedbank Cup Heroics vs Kaizer Chiefs

Siphamandla Hleza: Milford FC Head Coach Lauds Goalkeeper After Nedbank Cup Heroics vs Kaizer Chiefs

Robert Abong'o
updated at February 26, 2024 at 9:33 AM
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  • Siphamandla Hleza was Milford FC's hero in the Nedbank Cup vs Kaizer Chiefs
  • The second-tier side surprisingly eliminated the Glamour Boys 5-4 on penalties
  • Milford coach Xanti Pupuma said he would've been content even if the team lost

Milford FC's head coach, Xanti Pupuma, has praised his goalkeeper, Siphamandla Hleza, following a remarkable performance against Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup on Sunday, February 25.

The Stallions orchestrated the biggest upset of the competition, eliminating Amakhosi 5-4 on post-match penalties after a barren draw in regular time.

Pupuma expressed his satisfaction with the team's performance, stressing that he would have been content even if they lost.

Milford FC goalkeeper, Siphamandla Hleza. Photo: Lebohang_Tsotetsi.
Milford FC goalkeeper, Siphamandla Hleza, was the hero in the Nedbank Cup against Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: Lebohang_Tsotetsi.
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He commended his players for their resilience and maturity. He continued to laud Hleza's performance, lamenting the lack of exposure for talented players like him.

"It's so unfortunate that you guys only get to see him now, there's so many players that I can count in my team that are outstanding, that could have gone further in their careers if they were in a better place than where we come from," he said, as reported by SNL24.

Chiefs' interim coach, Cavin Johnson, voiced deep disappointment over his team's exit from at the hands of a second-tier side.

Johnson lamented his team's failure to capitalize on numerous scoring chances throughout the match, attributing their loss to missed opportunities.

"There’s so many moments we didn’t score the goals and didn’t dominate the opponent correctly, and we lost the game on penalties, but like we always say, you try and score and play until the fat lady sings," he remarked, as quoted by iDiski Times.

He stressed the need to regroup and shift focus to upcoming league fixtures, acknowledging the disappointment within the team but stressing the importance of maintaining determination in the face of adversity.

Johnson aiming to write Kaizer Chiefs history

Sports Brief reported that Cavin Johnson aimed to win a trophy with Kaizer Chiefs.

He was brought in to hold the fort, but owing to his own, he is now tasked with accomplishing what a long list of coaches have failed to achieve.

Johnson seems unfazed by the pressure, stating that he wants to win at every opportunity,

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