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Witbooi urges his side to dig deeper

Witbooi urges his side to dig deeper
Barenito Lewis of Western Cape challenged by Mthokozisi Madalane of Mpumalanga during the match between Mpumalanga (B) and Western Cape (W) at the SAB U21 National Championships being held at the North West University Stadium on the 17 July 2014

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Jul 17, 2014. 14:25

Western Cape coach Gordon Witbooi has urged his side to dig deeper after beating Mpumalanga 7-6 to progress to the semi-finals of the 2014 SAB Under-21 National Championships at the Montshiwa Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

The defending champions came back from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation time before holding their nerve to triumph via penalties.

"Our gameplan was to sit back and catch them on the counter and it worked for the first 15 minutes but then they managed to create a few chances and they took them well," Witbooi said.

"It was important for us to get a goal back in the first half so we started pushing forward more and we did manage to get the goal.

"In the second half we made a few changes and our game was more balanced and we scored that equaliser at the right time."

Witbooi admitted that this was the toughest game in the competition so far but he believes his side still have more to offer.

"It was really a tough game until the end but we knew that because we played them (Mpumalanga) in the final last year," he added.

"There was a bit of doubt before this game because we haven't been at our best but I hope this tough win will help boost the player's confidence going forward.

"We can't relax now; there are other tough teams left in the competition and we have to respect our opponents and play even better in the next game."