Ngezi Platinum Stars head coach, Tonderai Ndiraya, has said that the team has no one to blame but themselves for the result that saw them crash out of the CAF Confederation Cup in Harare on Saturday.

Ngezi Platinum Stars drew nil all at home with Clube Recreativo do Libolo of Angola in the second leg second round of the tournament after having lost 2-1 in the first leg.

Addressing journalists after the match, Ndiraya said the team wasted several chances which could have altered the result.

“I think we have got ourselves to blame. I thought we created a lot of chances though in the first half there were not a lot of clear cut chances but we had a lot of opportunities to score but we couldn’t. Then in the second half I thought we had a lot of clear chances to score but we couldn’t so it’s difficult when you play a match, you do everything, you don’t score and you don’t win. If you want to win you have to score.

Ndiraya, however, feels that his troops deserve acknowledgement for their display in the draw and for how far they have come despite disappointingly crashing out of the tournament.

“Overall I think my boys worked very hard. They did almost everything correct. I think in the previous match, we had problems in defending, especially defending set pieces but I thought today we did well, though we didn’t get many of those but I thought our defence was superb.

“We wanted to progress, but we could not so we just wish our colleagues all the best in the future assignments and ourselves, we just have to reflect on our performance in the tournament and plan the way forward.

“Remember, this is a team that got into the league last year and won a major cup in the league last year and for us to come this far, it was just a fairy tale.

“I’m quite happy and impressed by my boys and what they have done and it gives me hope and that the future is bright for the team,” he said.

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