Newly appointed Black Leopards coach Luc Eymael was left fuming with his players after they changed their penalty taking order which ultimately resulted in the only miss of the penalty shootout in their Telkom Knockout loss against Highlands Park.
Highlands Park defeated Black Leopards 6-5 on penalties following a 0-0 draw in the 2019 Telkom Knockout Cup Round of 16 match at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa. The victory saw the Lions of the North secure their place in the quarterfinals, while Lidoda Duvha crashed out of the tournament.
The only miss in the shootout came from Leopards' Themba Ndlovu and Eymael has now claimed that it was Lesedi Kapinga who was actually supposed to take penalty kick number 6 while expressing his discontent with players making their own changes.
“They showed a lot of unity and commitment, but where I am not happy at all is that I put a note for the penalty shootout takers, but I don’t know who came and discussed and changed the order,” Eymael said following the loss.
“Number 6 should have been Kapinga, I don’t know why we put this guy [Themba Ndlovu] because it’s not what I said but I will discuss this with the chairman [David Thidiela] because if they want, they must coach themselves no problem but I am responsible,”
Khuliso Mudau received his marching orders after 2 yellow cards and Eymael further commented on it, “The second yellow card, you are in a part of a pitch where it is not dangerous, and you already have a yellow card and how do you do that? You let your teammates play with 10 players, sometimes 9 because (the players) were cramping at the end. I will solve this issue inside.”