Kerr – We Proved Everybody Wrong
Tshakhuma head coach Dylan Kerr was delighted after their 0-0 draw against Chippa United that confirmed they were safe in the DStv Premiership for next season.
The one point means that with one round of games to go, Tshakhuma cannot finish in the bottom two and Kerr says they proved a lot of people wrong by avoiding that.
The former Baroka and Black Leopards coach says they can go into their final game against Orlando Pirates without any pressure.
“We asked the defenders to keep a clean sheet, asked Arubi to keep a clean sheet, and, the game was difficult when they went to 10 men,” Kerr told the club’s media department.
“And you know, they just sat in, I don’t think they wanted to lose, I don’t think they wanted to win. I think they just went for a counter attack.
“But they made it very, very difficult for us, because they just defended in numbers at the back. And even though we had one extra man, it’s very, very hard to break down a team that’s organized not to concede a goal. We’ve had three or four chances where we’ve been in the penalty box and not put the ball in the back of the net, which makes it difficult for everybody.
“And we were on tenterhooks for the last five, six minutes, especially when three minutes went up for injury time when there’s been no injuries.
“So it was very, very, very, very tough. And it was very, very well deserved, they’ve proved a lot of people wrong.
“You know, we’ve now got to take stock, rethink everything for next season. But yet we’ve still got a game against Orlando Pirates on Saturday. So we’ll be able to relax last game of the season.
“For two teams previously, I’ve been in the last game and I’ve needed three points. At least I can go to Orlando Stadium, knowing that we’re safe from relegation, safe from the playoffs, and congratulations to everybody involved at TTM, my staff, my players, the backroom team, the chairman, everybody that’s associated with the club, because, as I said, nobody gave us respect.
“When I joined here, they didn’t think we were going to stay up they thought that the club was in a right mess, and we proved everybody wrong. So well done players, well done everybody that’s involved.”