AmaBEE dreaming of Nedbank Cup glory

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Little-known Gauteng Safa Second Division outfit AmaBEE FC will be looking to put themselves on display in the Nedbank Cup this year, midfielder Terri Ledwaba said in Johannesburg on Thursday.

The minnows host Wits in the first round of the knockout competition this weekend, eager to show how far they’ve come since qualifying for the season’s last Cup tournament.

“It was a long road, but we managed to get here due to our hard work. Team spirit was high,” Ledwaba told a media conference at the Premier Soccer League’s headquarters.

“We want to advertise ourselves by playing. Everyone is happy and everyone wants to play.”

Based in Tembisa, near Pretoria, AmaBEE will be looking to upset the big-spending Clever Boys in the round of 32, with Ledwaba admitting that Wits could be in for a few surprises when the pair meet, as not much is known about them

“Coming into this game as underdogs, we know a bit about them — they don’t know much about us,” he said.

Ledwaba’s teammate, Thato Mofutsana echoed the playmaker’s sentiments, adding that the team could be proud of reaching the tournament’s opening round.

“It’s a big game for us, they [Wits] are a Premiership team. We’ll play for each other and it’s a big achievement,” Mofutsana said.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt, meanwhile, insisted that his side would not take BEE lightly, and would need to be disciplined in their approach.

“We have to keep our structure and our discipline. If we don’t play properly and with the right mindset, we’ll be in trouble,” Hunt said.

“In football, the most important thing is to keep your structure. We’ve got to create a lot of chances and take it from there.”


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