Maleka: The players dug deep

Nedbank Cup

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila interim coach Mpho Maleka said his players 'dug deep' after their penalty shoot-out victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals on Sunday.

TTM were on the backfoot for large swathes of the game but showed a solid rear-guard to deny the Brazilians for the full 120 minutes which sent the game to penalties, where goalkeeper Washington Arubi produced the heroics on the day to send Vhadau Vha Damani through to a historic cup final.

"I must congratulate the players," Maleka told SuperSport TV.

"They dug deep. We worked throughout the week on the game plan. We played against the champions here. Make no mistake. We gave it our all. Happy enough with how the plan went.

"It's a semi-final. it doesn't matter how you win it. We're happy with the performance of the guys.

"For us it was all about what can we do on the day of the match. We needed more. The guys continued to do what we were supposed to do. I only believe that this performance will carry though to the league matches.

"To win the final it will be a bonus and an investment for the players."

TTM will face Chippa United in the final, with the winner set to compete in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.

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