Fearless Royal Eagles take on Supersport United tonight

2017-03-15 06:04
PHOTO:fileRoyal Eagles coach Kosta Papic is ready for the match against Supersport United at Harry Gwala Stadium tonight.

PHOTO:fileRoyal Eagles coach Kosta Papic is ready for the match against Supersport United at Harry Gwala Stadium tonight.

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ROYAL Eagles are expecting a tough encounter against defending Nedbank champions Supersport United but have vowed to fight to reach the next round.

The Pietermaritzburg outfit will host United at Harry Gwala stadium tonight in the Nedbank Cup last-32.

Star midfielder Raymond Monama said they respect United, who have enjoyed an 18-game unbeaten run in Premier Soccer League, but they are determined to fight.

“We have a lot of experience in our team. However, it will be a collective effort and we will all fight as a unit. It will depend on the coach’s strategy as well. We respect them [Supersport United] because of the quality of players, their coach and their unbeaten record but we will see on the day what happens,” he said.

Eagles are now the only PMB hope after Maritzburg United crashed out of the tournament at the hands of rampant Lamontville Golden Arrows on Sunday.

The National First Division side will have confidence hosting their counterparts as they have not tasted defeat at home.

“The team will hope to continue with the form we have shown at home. The unbeaten run will give us the much needed confidence,” said Monama.

The coach, Kosta Papic, is aware of the threat posed by the defending champions, but the Serbian said they will not be shaken.

“I know about their 18-game unbeaten run but every record must be broken either today, tomorrow or yesterday. We will play our normal attacking game. We won’t defend anything, we have nothing to defend. We will try to score more goals than our opponent — that has always been my philosophy, nothing will change,” he said.

The NFD side have struggled with consistency as they have lost vital points in the NFD. They are currently on third place. Papic admitted that his side have not been consistent throughout the season.

“If we have the ambition to go to the PSL, then we must face PSL clubs. This is a good opportunity for us. Cup competitions are very important in South African football. We respect the competition but we must not forget that we are fighting for promotion,” said the 56-year-old.

Papic insisted that his side’s focus was more on gaining promotion but also said he will not underestimate the competition.

The Nedbank Cup last-16 draw will take place tomorrow, March 16, in Johannesburg after this evening’s encounter.

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