John Maduka has rejected as “mind games” the assertion by SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo that Bloemfontein Celtic are favourites heading into Saturday’s MTN8 semifinal second leg tie at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium.
The Celtic coach called out Tembo for his conservative analysis of SuperSport’s chances of reaching the final following the 1-1 draw in the first leg in Pretoria last week.
Matsatsantsa have downplayed their title defence but Maduka believes the pressure is on the Tshwane side to win.
“The pressure should be on them. SuperSport are the defending champions, so they want to defend this cup,” said Maduka.
“He [Tembo] is playing mind games. We are not the favourites. They are the favourites. They are the defending champions and should be favourites. It doesn’t mean that we scored an away goal in Pretoria in the first leg, then we are favourites.
“They are the defending champions and they have to defend this cup. So, the pressure should be on them, not us. We are not under pressure. We are going there to play our game and try to put ourselves in the final.
“As much as we scored a goal away, that does not put us under pressure. We are playing at home and like we normally go to every game, we will try to win the match,” concluded the Siwelele mentor.
The encounter will start at 15:00 this afternoon in Bloemfontein.
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