Cape Town - Cape Town City fullback Edmilson Dove hailed his team's work rate and determination to win, claiming that this was what brought them MTN8 glory.
After a goalless 120 minutes, Benni McCarthy's side downed SuperSport United 4-1 on penalties.
City had several chances to finish the game off but didn't do so until Peter Leeuwenburgh saved spot-kicks from Bradley Grobler and Reneilwe Letsholonyane as the Citizens converted all four of their spot-kicks.
"It wasn't an easy game. We were willing to die out there to come out with this trophy," man-of the-match Dove told SuperSport afterwards.
“It's part of the game. When you are in that position, you must make sure that you mark your territory because when the strikers come it's not easy.
“It's not easy being a defender but you must make sure that you keep your head on the ground. Every time I win a battle I get confident. It's how it is.”
Edmilson also praised his side for continuing to believe in themselves after missed opportunities.
“I think it’s part of the game, we'll miss and make mistakes. But when we went out for the second half, we discussed it. We told ourselves to keep pushing and keep believing it’s possible," he added.
“Last year, we lost the final but this year we're winning it because we have been working hard. We've been working hard at training and the coaches have been telling us what to do.
“I'm happy that we applied it correctly."