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CHALLENGE MET

Posted on 30 July 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol was delighted with the football played in the first 25 minutes in Pretoria that effectively clinched the Vodacom Challenge trophy against Orlando Pirates.

Martin Jol was delighted with the football played in the first 25 minutes in Pretoria that effectively clinched the Vodacom Challenge trophy against Orlando Pirates.Three goals in just over 21 minutes placed the Pirates firmly on the back foot at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, with Darren Bent netting an impressive double either side of a Dimitar Berbatov strike.

Pirates were unable to mount a goalscoring response and the Vodacom Challenge trophy left Africa for the first time.

"In the first 25 minutes we were great," reflected the manager. "It was not easy out there because of the altitude and in the second half a few players were a bit flat and we made a lot of substitutions.

"I am satisfied though, if you score your goals and remain dangerous with good football and stay well organised, you must be happy. Everything went fine for us, but we still have things to work on.

"We had a little bit of an advantage because they played on Thursday, but I still felt we played well and created a lot of chances. We haven't picked up any serious injuries and we have won the prize, which is important to us.

"I would like to thank the organisers, the sponsors, the two impressive teams and the South African people for making our stay here so special - it was a fantastic experience."