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Credit To Stars - Dumitru 08/12/03
Kaizer Chiefs coach Ted Dumitru has showered his teams adversaries in Saturdays Coca-Cola Cup final with praise.

The Amakhosi emerged 2-0 victors at the FNB Stadium courtesy of a well-taken Stanton Fredericks goal and an injury-time Patrick Mayo penalty.

But Dumitru was impressed with the minnows from the Limpopo Province.

I said all along that Stars would be a tough nut to crack, said Dumitru.

It was the media who said it would be an easy match for Chiefs but I knew all along that we would have to play very well to beat them.

All credit to Owen Da Gama for what he has achieved with the club and I hope they take their form in the Coca-Cola Cup into the Castle Premiership because they are definitely good enough to stay in the top division, he added.

The Romanian-born Dumitru also defended his decision to remove young Bevan Fransman in the first-half.

Stars were launching all their attacks down Bevans flank and we battled a bit, he said.

In his defence though, he is a centre-back and I think Stars took advantage of that.

Credit though must go to Nhlanhla Kubeka who played very well when he came on despite being on the sidelines with injury for so long.

Dumitru assured that the Phefeni Glamour Boys would not be resting on their laurels after the weekends success.

This is only the beginning, he said. We have to remain focused as you are only as good as your last game.

We are now looking at going on to achieving even more success this season.

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