- As soon as we won the match, some of the boys celebrated, while others were praying for an A'erbin in the other semi-final. These boys weren't hoping for the weaker team to qualify, rather A'erbin were the favourites. They wanted that team to come through so they could avenge a 3-0 loss from earlier this season. I loved that, and took note of everyone who was fired-up. It was this spirit that would get us to that title.
My assistant manager, in his broken English, somehow managed to tell me that are club was the most successful club in Chinese FA Cup history, and I had a legacy to live up to. No pressure, right?
As I went into that absolutely massive Olympic stadium, I couldn't quite believe it. For the very first time in my short career, my stomach was filled with butterflies - and I wasn't going to be on the pitch. It was the first time I had seen upwards of 40,000 people cramped in one place, since not more than 5000 people showed up for any game in South Korea.
The boys got rid of any nerves that they or I could've had, in the very first minute. Who else but our captain led from the front to put the ball in the net from close range. Then, from then on, started the Gilberto show. After every strike at goal or every header that he met, my smile grew wider, knowing I had secured his signature for another two years. I could easily build the team around him and win the Super League within no time.
Yes, we were that comfortable that I was already thinking about next year. Those A'erbin boys didn't stand a chance against our Shangdon warriors.
With those four goals, Gilberto became the cup's top scorer, while the fans were absolutely jubilant.
- My second team was only now in the Champions League, but there's still a lot of work to be done.