The week in Quotes

The MTN8 semi-final first legs were played over the weekend with both matches ending all square.

Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs both earned valuable away goals in 1-1 draws at Ajax Cape Town and Bloemfontein Celtic respectively. takes a look at what was said after those games.

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela

"At Chiefs we can't be happy with a draw. The results must always be a win."

Amakhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune

"We told our supporters they were going to see goals. Unfortunately we got one and missed a penalty. If we could have converted that we could have taken home a comfy lead. It's just unfortunate and we have to go back to the training field and work hard on scoring and keeping clean sheets."

Bidvest Wits boss Gavin Hunt

“You couldn’t play here tonight on this pitch, I mean it’s impossible, so we had to play to the conditions and that’s why I left one or two of my players out.”

More from the Students' coach Hunt

“I didn’t see any problem there. If you take their first goal, it was a foul as well. It was a foul on Tyson, they pulled him right off the ball so, you know, one against one, that’s how football goes, you win some you lose some, so I don’t think there was anything wrong with our goal."

Ajax coach Roger de Sa

“It was a bit of a battle, it wasn’t the best football, it was pretty ugly, it was just long balls into the boxes because of the conditions.”

De Sa on an incident involving the officials

"The ball went out on the halfway line right over the linesman and he allowed them to throw it 15 metres down the line and obviously we felt the ref should have stopped it. But look, they’re not going to see everything and it got away from us and that made us concede the goal."

Komphela also defended Bernard Parker and his shaky defence

"A penalty miss is in the name of the game. It is, however, amazing to see that the same player responded with a scorcher to score the equaliser. We are addressing the centre of defence. Erick Mathoho is still finding his feet after missing pre-season, but he has done well partnering with Siyanda Xulu in central defence."

Celtic coach Clinton Larsen

“Ideally we didn’t want to concede the away goal, but I thought the commitment from the team was there. I don’t think we were clinical enough on the breaks. We had a lot of opportunities to be more purposeful on the breaks, but it wasn’t our day."