Nedbank Cup: The interviews looking ahead to the Last 16

Tinkler is ready for Cosmos

Tinkler is ready for Cosmos

The first of the Nedbank Cup Last 16 round clashes started on Friday night, and we’re set for the remaining KO games through the weekend.

Mpumalanga Black Aces coach Muhsin Ertugral, ahead of his side’s clash with Maritzburg United:

“I’m happy with the way the team has played this season but I’m concerned about us not scoring our chances. We want to play exciting football but I’ve been in this game long enough to know that results matter more.

“We have to go all the way to the final and win it because we want to play in the CAF. Maritzburg United are playing well but luck hasn’t been on their side. I have good respect for my friend [Ernst] Middendorp. He is a great coach.”

Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp:

“We definitely will do everything to be successful, besides two or three guys that haven’t played in the past, everybody who is part of the team has to take responsibility. We need to do everything to qualify for the next round.”

Santos coach Zeca Marques, as he prepares his side for battle against Free State Stars:

“I’m not going to beat around the bush, Free State Stars will pose a big challenge for us. They are having one of their better seasons in the PSL. They are well organized and more defensively oriented. And to be honest it doesn’t bode well for us.

“But I explained to the players that this is their opportunity to showcase their talent. They are playing for their own and future and possible PSL contracts.”

Jomo Cosmos boss Jomo Sono, as his side ready themselves to take on Orlando Pirates:

“For me Orlando Pirates is the best team in the country. I mean it from the bottom of my heart.” We know our position on the log but this weekend we will deal with the Nedbank Cup.

“You don’t need to remind us what happened the last time we played Pirates. I have a team that lost 5-0 to Pirates. I have a team that beat Chiefs 1-0. I don’t know which team to use.”

“This Orlando Pirates side have too many good players. They can play any player any time. For Cosmos it’s easy. I can make as many changes as I want because the owner is my friend!”

Orlando Pirates head coach Eric Tinkler:

“The gap between the big teams and small teams is very minimal. We will find out on Sunday if the International break helped us or not.

“The Nedbank Cup gives us the opportunity to get back into CAF competition. I expect a good performance this weekend because the boys are highly motivated.”

Jackie Ledwaba, Magesi FC coach, speaking about Friday night’s showdown away at Bidvest Wits:

“It will be a different game from what we are used to. We are playing a very good side, and we will have to spend more time on being tactically prepared. We can’t just afford to go all out, because Wits will expose us; we have to show a certain amount of caution.”