Coaches eager to test their squads in Premier’s Cup

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With the KwaZulu Natal Premier’s Cup starting today, all six teams will be looking for different results and approaches to the tournament.

The provincial pre-season tournament will feature three teams from the Dstv Premiership and three from the GladAfrica Championship.

The likes of Uthongathi, Richards Bay, Royal AM and Maritzburg United have a couple of weeks before they return to competitive football.

Meanwhile, Golden Arrows and AmaZulu will have to sharpen their tactics as they have the MTN8 to fight for, next week.

Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp made it clear that they will go to the tournament with the view of advancing to the next stage.

“This is a great initiative, we thank the provincial government for affording us an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season,” said the German.

“I want us to have a competitive tournament. We will go into it with a clear ambition, to qualify for the next round.”

Arrows coach Lehlohonolo Seema revealed that he will be focusing more on his players performance, as a new coach.

“We thank the Premier and Department of Sport and Recreation for this platform and opportunity to play in. It is a welcomed and appreciated competition in KZN.

“It will be great to win it as the new coach, but it’s more about how the players perform together,” said Seema.

Richards Bay coach Allan Freese believes this will be a great opportunity for him and his technical team to see their players’ abilities, especially those who are still trialing.

“We want to see how far our players are in terms of competitive football and we are still trying to bring together our squad for the season ahead,” stated Freese.

“It will be great for the players to show us what they can do and those that are new will have a chance to test their abilities.”

There’ll be two matches on Saturday, with the quarterfinals to be played featuring three GladAfrica Championship teams and one DStv Premiership side.

Golden Arrows and AmaZulu will clash in the first semi-final on Sunday morning followed by two teams that will win their quarterfinals.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter