Aces no longer the minnows

2010-10-28 13:53

Mpumalanga Black Aces are confident they can cause another major surprise in the Telkom Knockout and are eager to dispel their “dark-horse” tag.

Aces will be playing their quarterfinal away to Cape Town-based Santos next weekend, with the venues to be confirmed tomorrow.

Speaking after the draw today, Aces’ 25-year-old defender, Marco Da Silva, believes they are no longer one of the minnows.

“The last two results of the season proved we can be competitive,” said Da Silva.

Aces recorded two big wins in the league – beating Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows in consecutive games.

On Wednesday night, they stunned the Birds 3-1 in the first round of the Knockout underlining the club’s revival under new coach Neil Tovey.

“We’ve been playing well, our confidence is high and we’ve beaten two Soweto giants, so we’re just trying to keep the momentum going.”

Aces have had a string of good results under Tovey with two wins and a draw.

“We’ve been playing well for a while, even before he came along, but now he brings more knowledge to the team and with him in charge, we’re gelling much better as a team,” added Da Silva.

“Neil has kept us focused, he’s told us we should take it one game at a time as you’re only as good as the game you’re about to play.

“So we’re not trying to get too big-headed, we need to train hard and just take it one game at a time.”


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