Benni McCarthy secured his first title as a coach after Cape Town City's MTN8 triumph, but there was time in the game where he thought his side were going to be punished as they were in last season's final.
After a goalless 120 minutes, City came out triumphant in the penalty shoot-out, defeating SuperSport United 4-1 to clinch their maiden MTN8 crown.
McCarthy admitted he thought the clash would've ended the same way it did last season, with SuperSport winning, after they squandered a number of chances in the box.
“I saw this picture in my head. Again complete dominance. Utter dominance from my time, but we just couldn’t get it past Ronwen (Williams) and it looked like we are heading for exactly what happened last season," McCarthy told SuperSport after the game.
“But the good thing is this season we have a quality keeper who specialises in these things. I think compared to last season where we didn’t have a man in the sticks to give us that advantage.
“I think these boys, I can go to the end of the earth with them. They will give me a heart attack soon. But they deserve it. They were magnificent.
McCarthy added, “I wanted them to be brave, to believe in themselves. I see their qualities every day. I wanted them to believe in themselves and when it becomes difficult or impossible that’s when I wanted them to just push through the pain barriers and find that inner-self where they can play through the pain and its exactly what happened."