We deserve to be in the final – Maleka

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Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila assistant coach Mpho Maleka has applauded his players for their efforts and dedication that saw them create history on Sunday.

TTM qualified for their first ever Cup final after defeating defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns 6-5 on penalties to set up a date with fellow strugglers Chippa United on Saturday, 8 May.

A win for the Polokwane-based side will see them become only a second team from Limpopo to win a Cup competition, following Baroka’s triumph in the 2018 Telkom Knockout final.

“The game plan… We worked throughout the week about how we are going to approach Sundowns and what to expect,” Maleka told the media after the match.

“Not disrespecting how big (Sundowns is), they are the CAF Champions, they are number one on the log in the DStv Premiership so they deserve respect. You have to do a proper analysis, you have to come with a good game plan of which I believe today it has worked and with all due respect we applaud the guys that they carried the instructions and the game plan throughout the 90 minutes.

“Yes we had chances to score and Sundowns also had chances to score and we knew when we overlapped to extra time, that’s when we knew that we have got a chance. But we knew what to expect and it was exactly how we planned. That’s why they were playing in our hands and we appreciate the effort that the guys put in. They dug deep and they deserve to go to the final and we hope and pray that this win will carry us to the big stage which is the DStv Premiership because that’s where it matters most. But we needed an injection,” he said.

The Premier Soccer League are set to announce the venue for this year’s final on Monday.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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