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Mabedi: We should have done better in the first half

Kaizer Chiefs caretaker coach Patrick Mabedi has lamented his side's first half performance in their 2-1 Shell Helix Ultra Cup defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.

There were moments before the break when Amakhosi threatened to unlock the Masandawana defence, but they were unable to do so. Sundowns also heaped pressure onto them at times in the first half.

It took until the 53rd minute for Pitso Mosimane's side to break the deadlock through Jeremy Brockie. Themba Zwane's strike then sealed the match in stoppage time, and by the time Bernard Parker pulled a goal back, it was too little, too late.

"We should do better first half. We knew that they would come to us. We knew that it's a team where they keep the ball and we should at least stay a little bit compact," said Mabedi in a post-match interview, broadcasted live on SABC 1.

"Overall, we're still in the process of pre-season, but so far, we're looking forward, and we'll see and go back and try to work with our mistakes and take it from there."

The match allowed Letlhogonolo Mirwa and Khama Billiat to get a taste of what it's like to play for Amakhosi against a major rival, and while Mabedi is happy with their progress so far, he feels that there is still more to come from them.

"They're getting better and better every time. They're getting used to other players and the combination is also getting better," he said.

"We still expect more from them, and I know that the more they play games, [the better they will do]."

Mabedi was on the bench in place of new coach Giovanni Solinas, who is still awaiting the finalisation of his work permit.