Orlando Pirates left-back Patrick Phungwayo was named Man of the Match for his performance in their 1-1 draw with Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 semi-final second-leg on Tuesday.
Phungwayo admits that it was an intense derby, but believes that they planned well in advance and that they were rewarded for seeing it through as they won 2-1 on aggregate.
With Pirates coming into the game off of their 0-0 draw with Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League, Phungwayo says that they were told to forget about their African exploits and focus on securing a place in the final, and he is happy with the end result.
"It was very intense, it was a derby, and it was my first time in the starting XI in the derby. But with all the tiredness we had I think we managed. They scored in the first-half but we planned to come back in the second-half," he said.
"We had a plan as a team and that's why it worked for us. We said that if we get a draw here, then we are through to the finals and that's what we did.
"We had three games which were tense, but we planned for four games and that's why we are going to Durban. The coach told us to forget about CAF and that's what we did. We forgot about CAF and we went to the final."
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