Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp was delighted with the
character shown by his side to come from behind against Cape Town City in the
The Glamour Boys looked to be heading out of the competition
in the first round, but Samir Nurkovic popped up six minutes from time to send
the game to extra-time and ultimately penalties, where Chiefs came out
"I think a very entertaining event, we had a good
start, missing a penalty is something definitely that is sitting on your
shoulders," Middendorp told SuperSport TV.
"And to have injuries to Kearyn Baccus and Bernard
Parker, we lost a spot in this period but on the other side we have shown a
certain spirit, a certain attitude as a team, knowing that there is a qualified
opponent on the other side," he continued.
"Coming back in the final minutes and going through
extra-time, good (in a) matured manner and then taking (winning) the penalty
shoot-outs, of course enjoying the event, enjoying the entertainment but on the
other side, I feel a little bit sorry for the opponent. I think they have
really fought for this win too, probably they could have deserved it too, but
the small details decide as we have seen the final two shots after extra-time,
are probably the details."
The Amakhosi mentor said he enjoyed working with the
'current bunch of winners'.
"This is the pleasure of this current bunch of winners,
a team that has a certain mentality, not to give up even when we're down, okay,
keep the structure, keep the gear up, good. It's not the first time (coming
back from a losing position), it's several times, with a little bit (of luck) here and there, we could have made it in 90 minutes already.
"I don't want to be impolite, but I think the way of
using tactical fouls, suffering two injuries not out of... the opponents were
involved. Good, Benni (McCarthy) is a respectful human being and a respectful
coach, I think fantastic future. But realistically it was a tough game,
definitely a lot of duels and challenges but from both sides. This is a
character of a cup game," he said.