Mamelodi Sundowns captain Thabo Nthethe was thrilled to have ended Kaizer Chiefs recent dominance over them by winning the Telkom Knockout title on Wednesday.
The Brazilians ran out comfortable 3-1 winners at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban to end 23 years of final pain against Amakhosi.
The two giants of South African football had met in eighth previous finals dating back to 1992, with the Soweto side winning every meeting.
But that changed in 2015 as Nthethe, Leonardo Castro and Hlompho Kekana all scored in a fine win.
“It’s a big relief,” the stand-in Sundowns skipper said. “I saw the record before the final and history showed that Chiefs and Sundowns played eight finals, Chiefs won all eight games.
“Now we have broken that and it’s great for the team going forward.”
Pitso Mosimane’s men were without regular captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele due to injury, with Nthethe stepping up to the plate.
The captain on the night did not have it all his own way, however, conceding two penalties on the night. Fortunately for him, goalkeeper Denis Onyango was in inspired form, saving both in a man-of-the-match showing.
Nthethe said winning the title was amazing for Sundowns, who are also the reigning Nedbank Cup champions.
“I’m over the moon with winning the title,” he added. “We’ve worked hard for this and it makes me really happy to have won.”