Beating Kaizer Chiefs is not a priority: Malesela

By Drum Digital
02 May 2013

Ahead of their crunch Nedbank Cup semi-final clash with Kaizer Chiefs, United FC coach Dan Malesela says he would rather play attractive football than simply steal a win against the Soweto giants at the weekend.

"It would be nice to beat Kaizer Chiefs, yes, but the results are not of primary importance to us," Malesela said on Thursday.

"I think football is important -- it's not the competition that's important.

"It is not necessarily whether you play the Nedbank Cup or not. It's about what should be pleasing to the eye and to the supporters."

United head into the clash as overwhelming underdogs, but their results leading up the last four stage have raised several eyebrows throughout the knockout competition.

Malesela's troops disposed of Jomo Cosmos in the second round, before going on to beat fellow National First Division (NFD) outfit African Warriors, to book their place in the top four.

In doing so, they were dubbed the 'Barcelona' of the NFD for their excellent passing game which unlocked opposition defences.

Malesela said he was excited to be pitted against the Amakhosi, but insisted that the fixture would be like any other and wanted his players to use the encounter as a learning curve for the rest of their league campaign.

"It's just another game. For us, it's more of a learning process because we are trying to prepare ourselves in case we get into the Premiership.

"So for us, it's more of a learning process than winning the competition, but obviously it would be nice to win the competition.

"What is more important is whether the boys are learning or not."

Currently third in the NFD and bidding for a playoff spot in order to gain promotion to the Absa Premiership, Malesela said the league was a priority for his team, and he was only interested in pleasing United's supporters.

"The league (NFD) would be much more important, but I think that football is key.

"If we can make people happy through the Nedbank (Cup), that's fine, if we make them happy through the league, that's also fine.

"We try to strike a balance through the competition (Nedbank Cup) and the league."

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