A giant-killing is always on the cards in the Nedbank Cup, a competition known as the ‘cup of dreams’ and GladAfrica Championship side Richards Bay are enjoying a fairy-tale run in the Ke Yona cup competition.
However, Bay’s head coach Simo Dladla says their main focus remains fighting for promotion to the DStv Premiership – not going all the way to the final of the Nedbank Cup.
Dladla’s men dumped fancied Kaizer Chiefs out of the competition in the last 32 before booking a spot in the quarterfinal after an entertaining 2-1 victory over TS Sporting at the weekend.
“I don’t have goals for this competition, you know it should end when it ends, it’s just a dream that will end,” said Dladla.
“It’s not important really because the important thing is the league and that’s where our focus is but of course we don’t have a game to lose because we can’t tell players that this is not important because we have a rhythm to keep.
“We need to work on keeping clean sheets because every time we have to come from behind and its worrying. But I am happy with the way we are defending, I’m happy with the structure, happy with the hard work that the guys are putting out there and I think they deserve these victories.”
‘The Natal Rich Boyz’ are on top of the GladAfrica log standings with 27 points, three ahead of second-placed Sekhukhune United at the halfway point (after 15 matches).
“The primary goal for us is promotion to the Premiership. I am frustrated having spent six years in this league and not having won anything. My focus is on the league,” insisted Dladla.
“We are getting better and I am happy that we played the way that we did and that we won because it gives us confidence and belief that we can do well in our own league.
“The important project is the league and we wanted to get the confidence and test ourselves at a higher level,” he concluded.
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