Rama hails Chiefs' fighting spirit

Mphahlele struck a cracking volley that earned Giovanni Solinas’ charges a place in the last four of the Telkom Knockout on Sunday afternoon.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns defender stressed that Amakhosi had to dig deep for their victory coming from a loss against rivals Orlando Pirates last weekend.

“We came here after a loss to Pirates. We were hurting. We wanted to play immediately [after the loss] but we knew we had to wait for this game,” Mphahlele told SuperSport TV.

“These guys [SuperSport United] for the past eight games we’ve never beaten them. So today we said guys it has to come to end. We need to wear our hearts on our sleeves and work hard for the team and the supporters.

“I’m very happy. It was a team effort. Everybody worked hard. We fought today. Today I saw a Kaizer Chiefs team that put their hearts on their sleeves, getting into tackles. Yes we have a good team technically but sometimes we need to be hard and fight with them. We knew they were going to come stronger and they are very aggressive.”

The Bafana Bafana international also explained what was going through his mind before striking one of the best goals so far in the tournament.

“I wanted to take a touch but I saw that the ball was coming nicely to me, I just had to lean on the ball and just strike it. It was a wonderful goal. After missing a penalty we had to come back quicker. I’m happy. I don’t usually score these kind of goals. It was a damn good goal. I’m happy that we won. That’s the most important thing,” he concluded.