Chippa fell behind to Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo's 27th-minute strike and were on the backfoot in the opening half an hour. But they came back strongly at the end of the first half and in the second half. However, they just couldn't find the necessary penetration to trouble the men from Limpopo.
Heric bemoaned the Chilli Boys' poor start to the match as well as their inability to create enough opportunities despite being camped in the TTM half for much of the second half.
"We tried to approach this game like any other game without the pressure," Heric told SuperSport TV. "But unfortunately, first half an hour we didn't exist. it's like we were enchanted.
"The last 15 minutes of the first half we started to play something, we started to recover from the shock of conceding a goal from that rebound. The first half from both sides there was no chances and we get that cracker if I may say and then we were shocked.
"Second half, we came like a different team. We looked much more organised, much more better, more offensive. We moved more but we couldn't penetrate. We couldn't create the chances. Maybe one or two but it was not enough for us to recover the game. It's sad for those who work hard to be in a final and now to lose it.
"I believe that we must focus on the relegation campaign and try to get ourselves safe in the PSL. That's the only way we can turn.