Uncategorized 28.2.2014 08:00 am

Stars want to sparkle again

CRUNCH CLASH. Luvhengo Mungomeni, left, of Moroka Swallows with Bevan Fransman of Supersport United after the two sides were drawn to face one another in a Nedbank Cup last-16 tie. Picture: Backpagepix.

CRUNCH CLASH. Luvhengo Mungomeni, left, of Moroka Swallows with Bevan Fransman of Supersport United after the two sides were drawn to face one another in a Nedbank Cup last-16 tie. Picture: Backpagepix.

Kaizer Chiefs might have received the loudest applause when their name was pulled out in the Nedbank Cup last-16 draw at the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg yesterday, but Platinum Stars have the loudest bragging rights.

Dikwena have won the two trophies on offer this campaign – the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout. Chiefs’ scalps were among those they claimed on the road to winning the Telkom Knockout late last year. The Phokeng-based outfit are now chasing a hat-trick of titles with the Nedbank Cup where they have been drawn against Maritzburg United.

“We know how to handle the pressure of playing in a knockout competition,” Stars’ captain Vuyo Mere said.

“We will use the knowledge we picked up when we won those two trophies. We are ready to also challenge for it. The players now know that we are capable of winning trophies and we are capable of going all the way to the final.

“We set the standard for us when we finished second in the league last season. We had to repay ourselves by winning something to build on that success. It’s a good thing that we won those two trophies. We are now a team to be reckoned with in the league.”

Amakhosi, who have been dominant in the league, were drawn against second division FC Buffalo in the tournament they are defending.

The draw threw up four all-Premiership clashes which include AmaZulu’s duel with Bidvest Wits. The game is a repeat of the 2010 Nedbank Cup final which Wits won.

But Usuthu goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini believes it’s time they avenged that defeat.

“If you look at how things have gone for AmaZulu, we haven’t achieved much,” Kapini said.

“This is an opportunity for us to do so. Wits beat us in the final and they also beat us last week in the stadium they will be coming to. We need to make up for those defeats.”

 

 

 

 

 

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