When AmaTuks coach Steve Barker told his players they were every bit as good as their illustrious opponents, Kaizer Chiefs before their Nedbank Cup last 16 match, he did not think too much of it.
But they clearly absorbed every word as they went on to play their hearts out to boot an insipid Amakhosi out of the R6 million cup on Saturday night at Super Stadium in a 4-3 thriller.
The Amakhosi faithful sat rooted to their seats in disbelief after the final whistle.
Simultaneously, Chiefs right back Jimmy Tau promptly burst into tears as if acknowledging the his part in this catastrophe.
Tau was probably thinking that he really should not have stopped playing as Phenyo Moleko made his way to score AmaTuks' third goal when he thought he'd heard the whistle.
Without taking away from the home side class, Chiefs' showing was appalling - they could not capitalise even after being awarded a dubious penalty by referee Thabo Nkosi or from the sending off of their opposition captain Obert Moyo.
"Before the match I told the boys to give a good account of themselves. I knew that Chiefs would have a lot of pressure from the crowd, and I told them to be brave, compact and get behind the ball when we did not have it," Barker said.
The opposition were simply too much for his team as Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral candidly admitted.
He blasted his side for thinking they had won the match when they were 2-1 ahead.
Ertugral further dismissed the argument that Tau - an experienced defender - had heard a whistle, saying: "You just do not stop. There was a whistle, but it was not from the referee," he said.
"We stopped working after we scored the second goal, and we were punished. We conceded four goals. We were just an embarrassment tonight," said Ertugral.
The hosts' goals were scored by Man of the Match, Mthokozisi Yende, Thabo Moleko and two from Phenyo Mongana. Chiefs' goals came courtesy of Josta Dladla, a penalty by Siphiwe Tshabalala and a seemingly hand-assisted one from Jose Torrealba.
l See page 15 of Sports Voltage for another cup game.