Having had a Cup success at Free State Stars before, a lot will be expected from Black Leopards coach Luc Eymael as he starts his cup competition journey this afternoon.
Leopards are away to Highlands Park in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout taking place at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa at 3pm.
Eymael who took over from Lionel Soccoia admits his opponents this afternoon will not be a walk in the park.
“We know it’s win or die and we know what we have to do but only God knows what will happen,” Eymael told FARPost.co.za.
“It will be a tough match because Highlands Park are a tough team and they were one of the most spending teams during the transfer period in the league this season because they can put two teams at the same time, but we also have quality players also so yeah its 50/50 before each game,” he said.
Eymael has played down talks of repeating the same success he had at Free State Stars and Polokwane City.
“First of all I have to fix a lot of things here. I have to change the mentally of some of the players.
“Leopards have a very good squad but the mentality that I like is not yet there,” continued the Belgian.
“You know what we saw in the second half against Mamelodi Sundowns (when Leopards lost 2-1 to the Brazilians in their last match), I would like to see that every day and every training session. Unfortunately for some of my boys a training session is a relaxing place or to come spend time. But we are working hard to change that,” he added.
IN THE LAST 8
(Teams that have advanced to the Telkom Knockout Quarterfinals so far)
By Ofhani Munyai