Nedbank Cup quarter-final preview interviews

Furman's beginning to settle down in SA

Furman’s beginning to settle down in SA

As the kick-off to Friday’s opening Nedbank Cup quarter-final action fast approaches, we begin our build up with a selection of quotes from the last eight draw.

Friday, April 22, 2016

SuperSport United v Black Aces – Lucas Moripe Stadium

SuperSport midfielder, Dean Furman:

“With the disappointing first half to our season, the Nedbank Cup really offers us the chance to take something out of the season. So there is added importance and extra motivation for us as players to really go on a good run in this tournament. First and foremost we are happy with a home draw, and hopefully we can be in the draw for the semi-finals.”

Collins Mbesuma, AmaZayoni striker:

“I’m happy with the draw, it’s not going to be an easy one – they have got a good team, a good coach, but we’re up for it. The team is doing well, senior players and youngsters, and with our coach we can go far in this competition.”

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Free State Stars v Bidvest Wits – Goble Park

Free State Stars defender Themba Tshabalala:

“We’re happy with the draw, playing at home. It’s the only silverware that is left for us this season, so we are up for this one.”

Bidvest Wits’ Thulani Hlatshwayo

“It’s always difficult playing away in the Free State. Stars are always a physical team, so it’s going to be a difficult game for us, we’ll go there with a positive attitude, because we know our coach wants to win this one.”

Mamelodi Sundowns v Orlando Pirates – Lucas Moripe Stadium

Orlando Pirates defender Happy Jele:

“It’s an interesting one, we know Sundowns have been doing well, but we are looking forward to the game. It’s a challenge for the team, it’s nice to play the big games, you can see how you are doing. “

Sundowns defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele:

“We’ll need a long warm up for this one! These are the games we want to play, the big teams. It’s a game that everybody wants to play. Everyone will be psyched up for this one. You know what happens when Sundowns meet Pirates, there’s goals, there’s excitement. The history says a lot about the Nedbank Cup; there is no team that has defended it, so we are going to try the impossible.”

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Polokwane City v Baroka FC – Old Peter Mokaba Stadium

Baroka FC captain Dineo Shaku:

“It’s a good game for us, playing Polokwane. If we can work hard at training and concentrate more, we can make it through.”

Jabulani Maluleke, Polokwane City midfield attacker:

“Pressure is not on our side, it’s on their side. I think it’s a good draw, both teams coming from the North (Limpopo), and the crowd will enjoy the game. We won’t be intimated, we will go out for a win at all costs and go to the next round.”