Weekend in Colourful Quotes

It was the weekend when Ajax Cape Town ended their final jinx to outshine Kaizer Chiefs and lift the MTN8 title for the first time.

Nathan Paulse was the match-winner for the Urban Warriors in the final played in front of a capacity crowd at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

PSL.co.za takes a look at what was said by some of those involved in the action afterwards.

Ajax chief executive officer Ari Efstathiou

"With the limited resources he (coach Roger de Sa) has managed to bring the good results and promote lot of youngsters. This is part of our project and few coaches can do that. He believes in the players and the players believe in him. The results show that football is alive and kicking in Cape Town."

Chiefs coach Steve Komphela

"If you have three to four players not doing well, you know that it will be difficult. It was not a good day in the office. Losing is not nice, especially at this level. However, we have learnt lessons that we will use going forward.”

Ajax midfielder Granwald Scott

"Our tears of heartache and pain from the past is definitely replaced with tears of joy this time round. The guys did exceptionally well, especially in the first half when we dictated the play. Everyone expected Chiefs to do what they do best with all their supporters but we surprised them all. The guys really left their hearts on the field and gave it their all."

Amakhosi captain Siphiwe Tshabalala

“I think it’s very unfair and unrealistic that the coach is judged by today’s defeat. I believe the coach should be given a fair chance to prove himself. There are always big expectations whenever we play in a final. It just wasn’t our day."

Urban Warriors coach Roger de Sa

"You beat (Orlando) Pirates, Chiefs and (Bidvest) Wits…I think you deserve the cup! “Overall I think we deserved to win it. The youngsters were outstanding. I think the boys at the back were unbelievable and so were the guys in midfield. Overall, I’m very happy for the kids, they have really grown up a lot."

Ajax hero Nathan Paulse

“I know he (De Sa) has been ragged because he’s reached five cup finals and never won, but he’s an amazing coach. He blends us experienced guys with the youth well, as we’ve shown. This win is right up there. It’s been a tough three, four years for the club, but the club is on an upward curve and I think this is a base. We have hungry players who have ambition. We must take everything one step at a time – this is only one step. I think half of these boys are going to become top, top players."

Chiefs forward George Lebese

"We did everything to win the game. We created our chances but we couldn't score and they used their chances and scored. We had a good game and we wanted to defend our trophy but it wasn't our day. We have to forget about it and look forward."