Kerr: We defended like heroes.

Nedbank Cup

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila coach Dylan Kerr said his side 'defended like heroes' after their 1-0 win over Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday.

Kerr's side took an early lead through Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo's deflected strike but Chippa got on top of the men from Limpopo in the second half, however, were not able to capitalise.

And the Malta-born tactician admitted his men had to dig deep.

"Credit to everybody," Kerr told SuperSport TV.

Credit to Vlad and his team. It's a cup final. Ýou've got to dig in deep. We made mistakes in the second half to give them counter-attacks but then we defended like we should do.

"We defended like heroes. Credit to all the players and my staff. Credit to Mpho Maleka and DvD (David Mathebula), they've been brilliant. We've got our just reward and I think the chairman might phone me tonight and say congratulations.

"It's a great achievement for TTM after the season that they've had. The players have been through so many ups and downs, mainly downs, but today they thoroughly deserved it.

"At half-time I said the only way we're gonna lose this game is if we give them too much respect, if we allow them too much time on the ball and the first half I thought we dominated but for some reason we never seem able to make that killer pass. And it's always the wrong pass.

"They battled, kept their heads cool. I'm just so proud of everyone that's involved with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

"At the end of the day the trophy is the one thing that matters. Getting into CAF is the second biggest thing and the prize money it helps the chairman clear a lot of things up that he's been left with.

"The players have got to enjoy tonight but not too much because we've got a very tricky game against SuperSport on Wednesday and we're still not out of danger. We've got to be careful tonight. There'll be some celebrations. But they'll be in bed by 10oclock that's for sure."

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