Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Nedbank Cup

Phehello Pitso with Reneilwe Letsholonyane © Backpagepix

Bring it on Chiefs - FC Buffalo



FC Buffalo midfielder Phehello Pitso says his team have what it takes to upset defending Nedbank Cup champions Kaizer Chiefs when the two clash in the second round of the knockout tournament.

FC Buffalo are the only surviving Safa Second Division team left in the competition, but Pitso was adamant the East London outfit could overturn massive odds in order to defeat the current Premiership log-leaders.

"I wanted to play against a big team so that we can beat them. To play against Chiefs will be good motivation for us," Pitso said at the draw for the last 16.

"Anything can happen when you draw a big team. I was expecting Chiefs.

"In a Cup like this, Chiefs lose against smaller teams, they will take us [lightly]. If you play against a small team, [sometimes] the coach changes the line-up and that's why we are going to beat them."

Buffalo beat FC Cape Town 2-0 on Wednesday and booked their spot in the country's most lucrative Cup competition, but now face the daunting prospect of taking on last season's winners.

Pitso, however, was dismissive of Chiefs' chances and believed Buffalo would put it all on the line as East London finally had a team to back heading into the latter stages of the tournament.

"I'm happy for their support. They must also come to support us when we play against Chiefs," Pitso said.

Chiefs midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane believed the draw was one that favoured Chiefs, but admitted the lowly second division side deserved plenty of praise for progressing into the second round.

"[We are] happy with the draw... Buffalo have done really well to get to this point," Letsholonyane said.

"It won't be easy playing against the so-called 'smaller' teams. We're happy and I'm sure by the time we play against them, we'll be ready.

"Obviously we can't afford to take them lightly and we will make sure that we approach the game just like any other."

The Amakhosi playmaker added that his team were the ones under pressure to do well against a team many expected to drop out during the preliminary rounds of the competition.

"They have nothing to lose but everything to gain and we have to keep on our winning momentum," he said.

"We have pressure to win against them."

Elsewhere, an all-Premiership clash awaits after the draw pitted Moroka Swallows against SuperSport United in what will be the tie of the round.

United defender Bevan Fransman said he was happy with the draw despite the Premiership opposition.

"It's a tough draw against tough opponents but we don't dictate the fixtures," Fransman said.

"We've played Swallows already this season and it was again a tough outing but we'll be up for it."

Chiefs' neighbours Orlando Pirates, meanwhile, were drawn away from home and will face National First Division outfit Santos in Cape Town.

Pirates midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo warned that travelling to the Mother City was never an easy task, particularly against a motivated Santos outfit, who are also challenging to get promoted to the Premiership.

"Since I arrived at Pirates, going to Cape Town, we struggle to win there," Ntshumayelo said.

"But we want to change that. We want to go as quickly as possible in order to get back to winning ways down there."

NEDBANK CUP LAST 16 DRAW (home team listed first):

AmaZulu v Bidvest Wits
Moroka Swallows v SuperSport United
Bloemfontein Celtic v Witbank Spurs
Kaizer Chiefs v FC Buffalo
Platinum Stars v Maritzburg United
African Warriors v Milano United
Golden Arrows v Mamelodi Sundowns
Santos v Orlando Pirates.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Chima Emmanuel Aguma
The diamond is United's best friend
United’s recent spending raised questions on how the players would fit in to an XI. They were...

Neil Tovey
A striking concern
After Bafana Bafana drew a blank against Nigeria in Cape Town last week, our national striking woes...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref’s decisions to be challenged?
I read recently that Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, the current Fifa president, is considering a move which...

Segun Odegbami
Worried, frustrated, angry and excited
Let me state it up front - I am worried, frustrated, angry and exited, all at once!

Carol Radull
Was Arsenal playing football?
What on earth was that? What was that game Arsenal were playing in Germany on Tuesday night?

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The pressure is on at Man United
By the time the summer transfer window closed in Europe, Manchester United had spent heavily. Times...