Bloemfontein Celtic head coach John Maduka hailed his side for their fighting spirit after losing 2-1 to Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 final on Saturday.
Siphelele Luthuli opened the scoring at the Moses Mabhida Stadium after just three minutes.
Deon Hotto netted an equaliser on 32 minutes though before Ronald Pfumbidzai brought down Thembinkosi Lorch inside the penalty area.
Lorch stepped up and slotted his 53rd minute spot kick, leaving Celtic to play the rest of the game with 10 men.
Speaking after a game, Maduka told SuperSport TV: "We started the game well. That's why we managed to score. Then after scoring, we changed.
"We were not the same. We started pumping the ball forward, which is not our game. We are a team that wants to play football. We want to build up from the back and try go forward.
"And again, after losing the man, we got even better. We played much better when we had ten players. You could see most of the time we had more possession on the ball. Okay it was difficult to penetrate but there were those couple of chances."
Maduka added: "It's football. It's one of those things. I think the boys gave their best. It was not an easy game. But we are proud of ourselves that we managed to compete. You could see in the second half we were on top of them, but it was only the goal that was missing."
- TEAMtalk media