Nedbank Cup Soweto derby battle lines drawn

piratesvschiefs-1IN what is likely the most anticipated fixture in the Nedbank Cup last 32, long-time Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs go head to head once again on Saturday afternoon.

The match takes place at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, kick off set for 3pm, and is one of ten Nedbank Cup last 32 matches taking place on the weekend, with a further two next Tuesday.

The two head coaches, Eric Tinkler and Steve Komphela, faced off on Thursday afternoon at the PSL offices, and this is what they had to say:

Pirates boss Eric Tinkler on team news from the Bucs camp:

“I keep answering this question. Oupa Manyisa will probably be available in April. Siya Sangweni is out for the season. Sifiso Myeni and Thabo Qalinge are back.

Tinkler on the derby motivation:

“Every derby is extremely important regardless of whether its league or cup. The mood is great. Everybody is available for Saturday. There is no need to tamper with the back four because of the good results.

“[Thamsanqa] Gabuza has had a good record against Chiefs of late. [Lehlohonolo] Majoro and [Tendai] Ndoro have been doing well. The players are highly motivated. They raise the bar for themselves. I don’t really need to motivate them. ”

Chiefs mentor Steve Komphela on team news:

“The position at centre-back is up for grabs since [Lorenzo] Gordinho is suspended. We’ve had our challenge with the centre-back pairing. At one stage we were consistent with Tower (Erick Mathoho) and Gordinho.

Komphela on winning mentality:

“We don’t want to only get to finals. We want to win finals. If you say to a kid go get a tray full of eggs and be careful don’t drop them. Chances are that the kid will drop them. Whether it comes within 90 minutes, extra time or penalties, the result is all that matters.

On the motivation factor:

“Players are highly motivated. It’s a question of who do you pick. You are as good as the chances you miss. If you don’t miss, it means you are not creating. Camaldine Abraw has been doing well. Like in life, it’s about chemistry.”

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