Cup clash ‘is must win’ – Nomandela

Luyolo Nomandela of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership match between Supersport United and Free State Stars on the 03 August 2013 at Lucas Moripe Stadium 
 ©Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Luyolo Nomandela of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership match between Supersport United and Free State Stars on the 03 August 2013 at Lucas Moripe Stadium ©Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Free State Stars’ midfielder Luyolo Nomandela, above, described their MTN8 Cup encounter against Platinum Stars this weekend as a “definite must win”.

Nomandela, who was earlier linked with a possible move to PSL champions Kaizer Chiefs, also said that his stay at Ea Lla Koto was motivated by an urge to grow as a player and help Stars reach their full potentials and had nothing to do with economics.

Free State Stars opened their league campaign on a disappointing note last weekend after suffering a 4-1 thrashing against SuperSport United, but Nomandela believes that winning the cup might re-set the correct precedent for the team.

“We need motivation as players,” said Nomandela. “And I think winning the MTN8 might do wonders for us. We have set objectives as a club and winning silverware this season is part of them.

“We are aware that we will be playing against a formidable side that did wonders last season. That doesn’t mean that we are fazed by anything. We have to do everything we know to win the cup.”

Nomandela added that the only way they could survive the competition is by focusing on one game at a time and not allow how they fare in the league to jeopardise our cup campaign.

“Both competitions are important,” added Nomandela. “But we should take each game separately. The cup competition is a different ball game, different tactics and we should take it differently from our league matches.

“We have a coach that motivates us even after not doing well, but it is the first cup of the season and we should just win it.”

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