It was all about teamwork - Nzama
It was all about teamwork - Nzama

Posted in News on Sep 02, 2001.

Kaizer Chiefs' BP Top Eight hero Cyril Nzama, who scored two crucial goals against Sundowns, said the side’s achievement was the result of teamwork rather than individual heroics.

Nzama scored a last-minute equaliser to force the final into extra-time. Then it was Nzama again who made sure of victory in the penalty shoot-out as he buried the last kick to hand Amakhosi the R1million prize-money and the coveted trophy.

"Team work," said Nzama with a smile. "I cannot say I won the cup individually because football is a team sport."

The Top Eight victory was Nzama’s first major trophy, excluding the Vodacom Challenge, with the Glamour Boys since returning from Bush Bucks a season ago.

"It's a great feeling especially after working so hard. Now we can see the results of hard work and this is really encouraging," he said.

Explaining his decision to venture forward when Arthur Zwane was about to take the corner, Nzama said there was nothing unusual about that.

"I have always played cover defence with Nhlanhla (Kubeka). The understanding is that if he goes forward, I have to stay back," said Nzama.

"But on this occasion I felt I had to go forward as we were running out of time and we had more to gain by strengthening our attack."

The defining moment was when Nzama stepped up to take the last penalty kick in sudden-death after Brian Baloyi had saved Michael Manzini’s attempt.

The Chiefs players were undecided as to who should take the kick and there was a feeling that Jabu Pule should step forward. But Pule was also not sure about taking the responsibility.

"I felt confident after Michael had missed," said Nzama. "And when I saw the coach indicating that number four (the number he wears) should step up, I decided to step up."

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