Nedbank Cup News 22.3.2015 02:14 pm

Marques blasts Kaizer Chiefs players

FILE PICTURE: Zeca Marques of Moroka Swallows during the 2012 Telkom Knockout launch and draw at The Venue, Melrose Arch on October 08, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

FILE PICTURE: Zeca Marques of Moroka Swallows during the 2012 Telkom Knockout launch and draw at The Venue, Melrose Arch on October 08, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

Zeca Marques has defended Stuart Baxter’s role in Kaizer Chiefs’ current poor run, and accused Amakhosi’s players as having “failed him and failed the club.”

Marques led Black Leopards to a stunning 2-1 victory over Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup, Amakhosi’s fourth defeat in all competitions in 2015, having not lost a game in the whole of the first part of the 2014/15 season.

Chiefs’ only tournament exit before Christmas came via penalty kicks to Platinum Stars in the Telkom Knockout.

“In fairness to Stuart, they have had a lot of difficult games and everyone wants to beat Chiefs,” said Marques.

“Stuart can’t go from being a good coach to a bad coach overnight … I would say the players need to come to the party and show what they are capable of, they have failed him and failed the club.”

Leopards, by contrast have been in amazing form since Marques took over at the start of the year. The National First Division side’s win over Chiefs was their seventh in eight games in 2015 and undoubtedly their largest scalp so far.

“Obviously we are delighted with beating Chiefs at FNB Stadium and with the performance we put in. I am delighted for the club, for the players, for everyone on board,” added Marques.

Leopards did have a stroke of luck with their opener, as Morgan Shivambu scored from a clearly offside position.

“It is one of those situations, it is one of the rarest moments in my career to have luck against Chiefs at FNB Stadium,” said Marques.

“How many games have Chiefs won with some luck?”

Willard Katsande equalised for Chiefs late on, but Roggert Nyundu’s stoppage time goal gave Lidoda Duvha the win.

“When they equalised I thought it would go to extra time, and maybe penalties … (but) we came and took the game to them, we were much better than them after the equaliser. I thought we showed a lot of character,” added the Leopards coach.

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