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SA SOCCER NEWS
Stars Down But Not Disheartened 08/12/03
Silver Stars coach Owen Da Gama is disappointed but not disheartened after watching his charges come up short in the Coca Cola Cup final on Saturday.

Despite being left to rue a host of missed chances in the 2-0 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium, De Gama said it was all part of a learning curve for the unfashionable rookies from Limpopo Province.

"To all those who wrote us off I'd like to say we produced the goods on the day and that could have been our win," Da Gama told SAsoccer365.com on Monday.

"We proved on Saturday that we can compete with the best and that we are in the premier league through our hard work and dedication."

Stars were not overwhelmed by the capacity crowd or the big name players they came up against and the Amakhosi, who many tipped to win by a landslide victory, were pressed hard to find a first goal which only came in the second half of a tense game.

"We created more chances than Chiefs but in the end their two goals was the difference between two and one million bucks, said De Gama.

"The boys are disappointed with the result because they know how close they came to victory, but again it was a learning curve for us."

The rookies are in their maiden Castle Premiership season and made history by progressing to the final of Africa's wealthiest club cup competition.

And just two days after the biggest game in their history, Da Gama has all ready turned his attention back to the Castle Premiership.

"It's back to the Premiership for us and with the loss now a thing of the past we're focusing on retaining our status in the top division.

"It was great playing in the final against Chiefs and hopefully we can do it again soon, added the affable Da Gama.

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