SuperSport hunts for Cup success

2011-04-08 13:14

Nothing will please SuperSport United and their coach Gavin Hunt more than to end a tough season, with a high of some Cup success as his team prepares to tackle Free State Stars in a Nedbank Cup Last 16 match at Goble Park tomorrow afternoon.

The luck has deserted the three-time successive league champions in the last year as they are in the bottom half of the Premiership table, and last weekend, were eliminated in the first round of the Caf Champions League by Egyptian giants, Al Ahly.

The only way the battered and bruised Amatsatsantsa a Pitori can salvage some pride this campaign and to get another opportunity at venturing into another African competitions next season is to lift this Cup that carries a prize cheque of R6 million.

“We are in a tricky situation that is different to the previous three seasons,” said Hunt.

“The Cup has come at the right time for us, I think that even though we have a tough draw again against Stars, we have to go down to Bethlehem and really give it our all.”

They are lining up against Ea Lla Kkoto who have found a rich vein in form, and are coming off a 4-1 midweek league win over Maritzburg United.

United lost their match on Wednesday away to Golden Arrows, losing 4-2 to the Durbanites despite taking the early lead.

“The frustrating part about our loss to Arrows is that we started so well and should have wrapped it up in the first half an hour after getting so many opportunities,” Hunt said.

Stars will miss midfielder Manti Moholo and striker Paulus Masehe who will both serve one-match suspensions after picking up their third cautions in the win over Maritzburg.

The match is set to kick off at 3pm.

Later in the evening sees AmaZulu take on First Division inland outfit Carara Kicks at King Zwelithini Stadium, with the match starting at 8.15pm.

Sunday afternoon sees defending champions Bidvest Wits host Kaizer Chiefs at Bidvest Stadium, in what will be their second meeting in three days.

Both sides clashed in the league midweek, with Chiefs needing an equalizer late in the second half from Reneilwe Letsholonyane to salvage a 1-1 draw in front of a full capacity crowd at Mbombela Stadium.

For Amakhosi though, this is their chance of salvaging a trophy since the league title might be out of grasp this season, to add to their Telkom Knockout trophy success five months ago.

“We are positive heading into this game, we can’t think of it any other way,” said Letsholonyane.

“We’re fully focused on getting to the quarterfinals, it has been a while since Chiefs reached the Last Eight of this Cup, we know we can do it.”

Griffon Stadium sees Vodacom League outfit BTX Liverpool host Premiership promotion hopefuls, Black Leopards.
Both matches kick off at 3pm.

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