DOWNS’ MO­MENT OF GLORY

The youngest PSL club does the un­think­able and up­sets vet­er­ans Su­per­Sport United after a sen­sa­tional sea­son un­der Eric Tin­kler

CityPress - - Front Page - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI at Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

This might sound like a fairy tale, but it’s not. A six-mon­thold club al­ready has its name on the Telkom Knock­out tro­phy. Un­be­liev­able! Cape Town City showed that noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble as they lifted their maiden tro­phy barely six months after they were con­ceived. All hail City and their coach Eric Tin­kler, who did the un­think­able last night. Not many would have bet­ted on novices City up­stag­ing and up­set­ting cup spe­cial­ists Su­per­Sport United in this fash­ion. But his­tory was made here when they be­came the youngest club to lift a tro­phy in the PSL era.

If any­thing, City showed that be­ing on top of the log is not a fluke as they trans­ferred their league form to this cup com­pe­ti­tion. They are also the high­est scor­ing team in the tour­na­ment with 12 goals.

They were not at all in­tim­i­dated by their lack of cup fi­nal ex­pe­ri­ence and they looked com­posed through­out – and de­served the gold medals.

As for United, it was a case of so close, yet so far as they let this one go with some sloppy play. It seemed United play­ers un­der­es­ti­mated their op­po­nents and thought it would be smooth sail­ing against the less fan­cied side. But they got the shock of their lives when Aubrey Ngoma opened the scor­ing in the 13th minute.

United had to chase the game from then on as they searched for the equaliser. Al­though their pres­sure fi­nally paid off in the 71st minute, when Kingston Nkhatha lev­elled mat­ters, their cel­e­bra­tions were short-lived as City re­gained the lead a minute later through su­per sub Ju­das Moseamedi.

Then United had to do the chas­ing again, but this time they could not breach City’s de­fence as they hung on for their fa­mous vic­tory.

By so do­ing, City de­nied Stu­art Bax­ter the chance of be­com­ing the sec­ond coach to win all the tro­phies on of­fer in the league. He has to wait for an­other sea­son to try to match Pitso Mosi­mane’s ac­co­lades.

But credit should go to Tin­kler, who many re­garded as a machancer­chancer. After fail­ing to win any­thing at Or­lando Pi­rates, Tin­kler’s stature is now grow­ing by leaps and bounds in ev­ery game City plays.

If there is any­one who de­serves a special men­tion and to be re­warded for a job well done, it has to be the for­mer Bafana an­chor­man.

Sup­port or not – there was a pal­try crowd of about 20 000 at this 45 000-seater venue – this was wor­thy of a fi­nal as the two sets of play­ers went for each other’s throats through­out the pro­ceed­ings. It was a good game of foot­ball to watch and it had all the el­e­ments of a cup fi­nal.

The windy and chilly con­di­tions made for good foot­ball as the play­ers could not com­plain of the heat. But it was hot on the field as every­one worked their socks off – but this is what we should ex­pect when two in­form clubs meet, which was the case here as the two top sides in the Absa Premiership clashed for the R4 mil­lion first prize.

In­ter­est­ingly, the two teams will meet again in a league game on Fri­day.

PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES

CHAM­PI­ONS Cape Town City cel­e­brates after win­ning the Telkom Knock­out fi­nal against Su­per­Sport United at Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium yes­ter­day

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