Chiefs want to win Nedbank Cup so 'badly'

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Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Cole Alexander poses with the Nedbank Cup trophy alongside Travis Graham of Maritzburg United after their teams were drawn against each other in the last 32. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Cole Alexander poses with the Nedbank Cup trophy alongside Travis Graham of Maritzburg United after their teams were drawn against each other in the last 32. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

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Kaizer Chiefs holding midfielder Cole Alexander says his team wants to win the Nedbank Cup so badly he can see the burning desire in the eyes of his team-mates and the ultra-intense training sessions.

“We want it [cup] badly. I can see it in the guys. I can see it in how we train. The guys are training with the shin guards. That’s how hard we are training,” Alexander said during the last 32 draw at the headquarters of the banking giant in Sandton on Thursday.

Chiefs will make the trip to Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal for a confrontation with Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium after Arthur Zwane’s side was drawn against Fadlu Davids’s charges.

The last time Chiefs' fans celebrated a trophy win was in May 2015 and Alexander said the long-barren run was hurting the players as much as the supporters.

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Having failed to win the MTN8 as they watched in disgust their Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates lifting the trophy in November, and given that they are trailing leaders and champions Mamelodi Sundowns by 16 points at the halfway mark, the 32-team R7 million represents the only realistic chance for Amakhosi to turn the tide.

Alexander said: 

We are looking forward to it and looking to bringing the silverware home. When we signed here, we did so knowing very well the expectations and the pressure that comes with playing for this big club. All we can do is give our best.

He added there was no excuse for the players as the club gives them everything they need to compete and win silverware.

“We have sports scientists. The club gives us everything. We prepare as best as we can, as it is just for us as players to bring it home.

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“I think the expectations are there and rightly so. We are all together and working hard and doing the best we can and preparing well.

“We want to bring it home for ourselves, our families and also our supporters. They deserve it. We are putting in the hours and the hard work. Collectively, we want to bring it home.”


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