Friday Jul 18, 2014. 13:13
Free State head coach Litre Mokitlane brushed aside the adulation heaped upon him following the Free State's emphatic 5-1 semi-final win over KwaZulu-Natal on Friday morning.
A brace apiece from Tshepo Mokhabi and Dylan O'Brien along with a stoppage time strike from 'super sub' Mbuyiselo Thethani booked the Free State's place in the final alongside either the North West or defending champions the Western Cape.
Free State fought from two goals down to eventually beat USSA on penalties in the quarters on Thursday, before exacting revenge on KZN for their 2-1 opening day defeat.
"Credit must go to these young boys, more especially for yesterday's game when they fought back from two goals down. They showed a lot of character, the boys worked very hard in that game," said Mokitlane
Mokitlane added: "We had a new plan for today's game, we started Tshepo [Mokhabi] on the right wing, so that he is nearer to the goals and he produced.
"After they [KZN] beat us 2-1, I went back and thought long and hard about that game. We thought about how they played, I took it from there.
"They were strong in the middle, that is why we but two in the middle and told them they must control the area, be stubborn in that area and we put Kgotso [Mofokeng] in front of them, telling him to make more movement and be more offensive.
"From our first game until here, we were missing a lot of chances. But today we talked about that and capatilize on any chance we got and we did exactly that.
Free State will now face the Western Cape or North West for the coveted title on Sunday afternoon and Mokitlane explains that it doesn't matter to him who they face in the final.
"Any team, any one of them. We are ready for either and will deal with that exactly in the way we did today," he concluded.