Cape Town - Highlands Park head coach Owen Da Gama hailed
his players' determination after they knocked Kaizer Chiefs out of the Nedbank
Cup on Saturday.
The Lions of the North were expected to struggle against
Amakhosi, but they drew 1-1 at Makhulong Stadium before winning via the penalty
shootout to earn a place in the quarter-finals.
Da Gama was delighted to see his charges come out on top
especially considering how disappointed they were to lose to Chiefs in the
opening league game of the season.
"We felt very hard done by when we lost (to Chiefs 2-3)
in the first league game of the season with a deflection," Da Gama said,
as quoted by SowetanLIVE.
"But for me, it was all about character, that's what
the boys showed. They deserve it. With a character like that, no one will take
anything away from you.
"But you must give credit to Chiefs, they played very
well. But unfortunately, it is not easy at Makhulong, everybody knows
He added: "This victory is so big for us, it's just our
second season, we are coming from the final (MTN8) and now you are beating
Chiefs, you're going into the quarterfinals. It is so big.
"But I think the boys have to stay grounded, we still
have two league games before we can play the quarterfinals. We are going to
focus on our next league game which is Golden Arrows away."
- TEAMtalk media