By AMOGELANG RAMELA AND PRECIOUS RAJANE
THE Nedbank Cup will be the main focus this weekend with four matches taking place three provinces this weekend.
Limpopo’s capital city, Polokwane will be the main focus where Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United play-host Free State Stars and Jomo Cosmos on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Two more matches will be played in Atteridgevile outside Pretoria where Mamelodi Sundowns take on Maritzburg United (Saturday) with AmaZulu welcoming Santos at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday.
Back to the Chiefs match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium (kick-off at 8.15pm), Free State head coach, Steve “Koloi” Komphela has since warned his players not to show too much respect for the Chiefs players as this has been the downfall for most of the clubs.
“Our clubs have become the victims of their own because they always give too much respect for players who are playing for big clubs, hence most lack consistency in their game,” pointed out Komphela who recently appointed as Bafana Bafana’s assistant coach to Pitso Mosimane.
Ea Lla Koto reached the quarterfinals of the Ke Yona Cup after beating Orlando Pirates 2-1 at the Orlando Stadium a fortnight ago and it remain to be seen if they will manage a double beating over the Soweto giants by beating Chiefs.
It remain to be seen if Ea Lla Koto will live to their expectations as claimed by their key player, Mzikayise Mashaba who said they are not intimidated by their opponents who are also struggling to be consistent in the league with two points ahead from them. For the record, Stars are currently lying on the 6th position of the Premiership log with 38 points as opposed to Chiefs (fourth position with 40 points)
“Chiefs is a respected team with quality players and playing against them in Polokwane where they have had some positive results could be a serious challenge, but that does not mean we are afraid of them. We can’t extend our respect for them to the field of play because we also have a dignity to protect while at the same time rewarding our faithful supporters with some positive results. All we have to do is capitalise on their weakness and punish them,” said the positive Mashaba.
The team will be hoping for a better perfomance when they welcome back Katlego Mashego and Edward Manqele who were on suspension. Those with good memories will remember that Mashego shone at the same Peter Mokaba Stadium while playing for Baroka FC, SAFA Limpopo’ Vodacom League which reached the semifinals of this competion last season while on the other hand Manqele has been doing well in his maiden season in the top flight league which has so far seen him rattled the net 11 times and he is currently second leading goal-scorer, one goal behind Moroka Swallows’ veteran striker Siyabonga “Bhele” Nomvethe who has 12 goals.