Despite losing 4-3 on penalties against Bloemfontein Celtic, coach Mandla Mathaba has praised his side TS Sporting for their gutsy performance on Sunday afternoon in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals at Kanyamazane Stadium.
The GladAfrica Championship side, Sporting matched top-flight side Celtic pound for pound as the scores were locked at 1-all at the end of regulation time and extra-time with ‘Siwelele’ needing penalties to advance to the semifinals where they will face Baroka.
“The boys played very well, we dominated the game entirely from the first half, second half, even in the extra time, we gave away a soft goal but we can build from here, it is only positives we can take from this game,” Sporting coach Mathaba told SuperSport TV.
Sporting had a chance to win the game but Decide Chauke blew away a golden opportunity to decide the game when he missed a penalty in extra-time with Celtic goalkeeper Sipho Chaine making the save.
“That’s why I was telling the boys that, how we played, we should move from that notch going into Wednesday’s game against Richards Bay, we need the three points.
“Let me also thank my supporters for coming in numbers, I love you,” concluded Mathaba.
Meanwhile Celtic coach Lehlohonolo Seema was rather relieved to see his side to progress to the semis.
“It was a typical cup game, the team that wanted it the most…they fought until the last minute. But credit must go to TS Sporting, they gave us a hard game. When you are playing the teams below you, they are energised, they are trying to impress you,” said Seema.
“They put us under pressure, we could not collect the passes, but we are happy to be through to the next round.
“We knew it would not be easy, they are a hard-running team. Credit must go to the guys who started the game, it was a fight. It was a battle, a typical cup clash,” admitted the Celtic coach.
By FARPost Reporter