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Tembo: Cape Town City deserved to win

SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo was gracious in defeat after losing to Cape Town City in Saturday's MTN8 final at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Matsatsantsa were downed 4-1 on penalties after a 0-0 draw, with Peter Leeuwenburgh saving spot-kicks from Bradley Grobler and Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

Tembo felt that United had their chances to win the game before it went to a shootout, but admitted they had nobody to blame but themselves for not taking them.

"I think it was a bit difficult. It was a very tight game where we never really give too much. I think we had a few chances, a few breaks especially in the 90 minutes," he told SuperSport.

"But probably a lack of good decision-making especially in the final third when we could've sneaked one in there. Even them as well, there were times when they had a few breaks where they could have sneaked in one there.

"But at the same time, it was a game where it could've been decided by penalties because 120 minutes couldn't even separate the two teams."

Nevertheless, Tembo admitted that City had the better of some aspects of the game and were ultimately good value for their victory.

"I think they were playing through, especially in midfield where they could find the striker, where our midfielders were not really screening the defence and protecting the defence and they could get a few second balls," he said.

"There was a time where [Ayanda] Patosi got a few second balls, and [Siphelele] Mthembu -- there was a time when he went through as well. That could've been a goal, but I think we came back after that.

"We created a few chances. We played effective football. We got into effective areas but poor decision-making let us down. But at the same time, credit should go to City, they played well.

"They had the better part of the possession, but we defended well as well. At the same time, you need to give it to them. They deserve it."