Nedbank Cup: Teams ready to do battle

Top teams will battle it out this weekend in the last 16 knockout stages of the Nedbank Cup.

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JOHANNESBURG - Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says his team will not undermine Black Leopards just because they're playing in the National First Division.

Chiefs take on the 2011 Nedbank Cup finalists in the competition's round of 16 at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Baxter says he doesn't want to take a gamble by playing younger, inexperienced players.

"I don't want to play a team that I think is experimental. I want to play a team who really believe we can get a result because there's no point just throwing a few players on and saying let's have a look at this and that. This is an important cup competition for us."

He says he expects Leopards to spring a few surprises, but they aren't going to approach the match unprepared.

"It's good to be unpredictable, but I think we've been in charge so far. We'll be better organised and that's a relief, because you go to some games and it's a total lottery."


SuperSport United are looking to clinch their second trophy of the season but will have to first dispose of Orlando Pirates.

The Pretoria outfit will entertain Pirates at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday night in their third meeting in cup competitions this season.

Coach Gordon Igesund says upsetting the defending champions and winning the Nedbank Cup will make up for losing out on the league.

"It's another opportunity for us because we've not gotten any chance to win the championship, we are just far behind. But whenever there's a cup competition coming up, we've got an opportunity and obviously we'll try and take it. It's a nice opportunity and after five games then you're in the final."

He says they're not too bothered about the Buccaneer's 13-game unbeaten streak.

"I don't think we're looking at it in that respect. We go out there every time, we play and we try to do our very best to win the game. Whether they're unbeaten or beaten or whatever the case may be, all we need is to apply ourselves and go out there and try winning it. We're not trying to put extra effort and say let's try to stop them."

Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler has his sights set on exacting revenge on SuperSport United after losing to them in the Telkom Knockout.

Tinkler says their mandate is clear and it's part of the team's legacy to win trophies.

"We obviously come off a loss against them in the Telkom Knockout and obviously we want to turn that around and we want to continue moving forward. And at Orlando Pirates, the chairman always speaks about leaving a legacy and how you do that is by winning trophies, so that's our objective."

He says winning the Nedbank Cup isn't the only thing that will help him get the permanent coaching job at Pirates.

"I came to this club to win trophies and I've managed to do that since I've been here and obviously as a head coach, that's what I'd love to do. So it's vitally important for my career, but I don't think that will make the judgement on whether I get appointed as the head coach or not. I think it's the work that I've been putting in."