Proud Tinkler praises CT City character

2016-12-10 22:01
Cape Town City (Gallo).

Polokwane - Cape Town City are Telkom Knockout champions after their 2-1 triumph over SuperSport United in Polokwane on Saturday.

Judas Moseamedi snatched the 73rd-minute winner, having come off the bench just five minutes before, with a looping header from a cross by official man-of-the-match Aubrey Ngoma.

Ngoma had put Cape Town ahead on 13 minutes with a low drive and Zimbabwean Kingston Nkhatha levelled in the 71st minute through a close-range shot after a corner was not cleared.

Cape Town City were created only last June when they bought the franchise of top-flight club Mpumalanga Black Aces, and took several of the top players in the team with them.

The final featured the form sides of the 2016/17 season with City top of the league table and SuperSport second.

A lively match at a windy Peter Mokaba Stadium saw City emerge deserved winners as they created more clear-cut scoring chances.

They succeed Mamelodi Sundowns as winners of the second most prestigious knockout football competition in the republic after the FA Cup.

"I am proud to have won this competition so soon after the club was created," said Cape Town coach and former South Africa midfielder Eric Tinkler.

"My boys showed incredible character and determination and deserved this phenomenal success. We could have been three or four goals ahead before SuperSport equalised.

"Our counter-attacking was superb at times, but we spoilt some good scoring opportunities by trying to make difficult passes instead of keeping it simple."

England-born SuperSport coach Stuart Baxter conceded that Cape Town were worthy winners, and he felt let down by some of his senior players, without naming them.

"We improved in the second half, deserved to equalise and had we kept City at bay for 10 minutes after that, l believe we would have gone on to win.

"Eric Tinkler is a serious coach and congratulations to him and his team. We must take the pain and move on."

A SuperSport star who failed to shine was New Zealand-born striker Jeremy Brockie, one of five foreigners used by Baxter during the final.


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