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Heric – It Was Not Our Game

Chippa United Head Coach Vladislav Heric says his team started the game poorly, and conceded that Tshakhuma deserved their win in Saturday’s Nedbank Cup final.

Heric was speaking after watching his team miss out on their first ever silverware, as instead TTM got to lift a trophy for the first time after the 1-0 win.

The Serbian-born coach who only joined Chippa last month, says his team didn’t start well, and while things improved in the second half, they never really threatened their opponents’ goalmouth.

“I think we lost the game in the first 10 minutes,” Heric said after the defeat.

“We were very, very sleepy, we were very sluggish, we didn’t wake up for me, we didn’t introduce ourselves properly with the game’s first 30 minutes, and again take advantage on the favour of our opponents.”

“And look to be honest it was not our game, every rebound, every flick, every 50-50, when the ball went to our opponent.”

“So you can see, it is going to be very difficult to win this game and on other side we made some correction on the halftime because we didn’t start according to the plan, and a lot of excitement, a lot of things, a big task to achieve, and there was a little bit of confusion in the beginning of the game. And then we start to play second half a little bit better.”

But the goal never came, and Heric concedes Dylan Kerr’s team deserved the win.

“We managed to get some passes, we put them under the pressure but we never penetrated in the box, we never managed to put enough balls in the box.”

“Congratulations to our opponents, they deserve it, they play good. They fought, they were good, organised.”

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