The quarterfinal draw could have been worse – Clark

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Black Leopards coach Alan Clark has reacted to the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals draw that will see them play against neighbours Baroka.

The draw was conducted on Tuesday might in Randburg, Johannesburg and the matches will be played on the weekend of 14/15 March.

Leopards will play in 3 Limpopo derbies in the space of 14 days as they face Polokwane City this Sunday and Baroka again 7 days later, before the cup match.

“It was interesting (Nedbank Cup draw) because now we have 3 derbies in about 3 weeks. Look the draw is out of our control so it’s important not to focus on the draw it’s certainly important to see who we get in the draw and plan accordingly,” Clark told FARPost.co.za.

“But our focus has always been one game at a time and our next game is Polokwane City so our focus is firmly on that game on Sunday,” he added.

Clark also spoke on getting an away draw instead of a match at Thohoyandou Stadium.

“Obviously every team wants to pay at home especially in the cup games and that’s the same for Bloemfontein Celtic, Sundowns, Real Kings, Highlands Park and same for TS Sporting.

“So it’s out of our control though so it’s something that we just have to deal and adapt with it’s not the worst thing in the world you know we are all here in Polokwane so it’s not terrible it could have been worse. We could have been away at Celtic or way at TS Sporting so we are here in Polokwane anyway.”

Leopards were in the 2011 Nedbank final but lost 3-1 to Orlando Pirates at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

By Ofhani Munyai

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