Zizwe Utd coach: If we can reach the Nedbank Cup last 16, I’ll be okay

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Zizwe United FC head coach Julius Dube has downplayed the chances of his side going further and challenging for the Nedbank Cup, but says he would rather prepare his side for promotion to the GladAfrica Championship for next season.

The former Chippa United coach says he would be pleased if his side was to at least advance to the last 16 of this year’s cup competition but winning the ABC Motsepe League remains the club’s main priority for this current season.

“I think it’s a good one for a team like Zizwe United. A team that still wants to establish its name, that’s why they brought me here to come and assist them. I think they’ve been lucky to get into the cup (Nedbank) but the main thing for us is the league title.

“If we can at least reach the last 16, I’ll be okay but after that I will have to concentrate on the league. But I think this cup is a good thing for Zizwe United. For us to think about going as far as reaching the quarter finals or semifinals, that is killing ourselves,” said Dube.

“We were lucky to be drawn against a team playing in the same level as us. So, we are preparing to win, not to make a mark as such but just for us to win. We have to make use of our home ground advantage” – Dube. 

Cape Town City, Ajax Cape Town and Stellenbosch were all booted out in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup with Zizwe remaining as the only Cape Town side in the cup competition.

On Tuesday evening they welcome fellow ABC Motsepe League side Happy Wanderers in the last 32 of the “Ke Yona” cup competition at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town. Kickoff is at 19:00.

The Nyanga-based side are on top of the ABC Motsepe League in the Western Cape with 31 points from 13 games and are also unbeaten in the league this season, scoring 26 goals while conceding just 8 goals.

Club captain Shaid Abrahams echoes the words of his coach. “The mood in the camp has been good since day 1 when we started the season.

“We knew our objectives, firstly to win the league. So, I don’t think there is a change in any of that because we come every day at training because we know there is a goal out there,” said Abrahams.

“It’s the Nedbank Cup, it’s a cup run, it’s a dream. So, our bread and butter it’s in the league, the coach everyday he reminds us about that. The Nedbank for us is a hype,” concluded Abrahams.

By Shane Matsoyane

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