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Published: 9 March 2018

'CONFIDENT, BUT NOT COMPLACENT'
 
 
 


These are the sentiments of Maritzburg United midfielder Bandile Shandu ahead of Sunday's Nedbank Cup last 16 match against NFD side Royal Eagles.

   
 

Eagles also play their home matches at the Harry Gwala Stadium, but this match takes place at the Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu, 15H30 kick off.


The hosts may be occupying a mid-table position in the First Division, but with the likes of former Sundowns striker Mame Niang and former Kaizer Chiefs forward David Zulu in their ranks, as well as seasoned campaigners like Diego Brown, Xolani Mdaki and Joshua Sauls, the Team of Choice know they cannot take their KZN neighbours lightly.

 

"We're confident, but not complacent,” Shandu told the Maritzburg website. “It's going to be a tough game, we all need to fight for every ball and every challenge if we want to get through. The level of the NFD is not far from the PSL, so we won't take them lightly or get complacent, we'll take it like a PSL game and if chances come we have to take them, otherwise we could get punished.”

Shandu says there is a deep desire within the Maritzburg ranks to embark on another thrilling cup run after they had come close earlier in the season to making the MTN8 final.


“Every player wants to win some silverware,” he said. “We got a small taste when we played SuperSport in the semis of the MTN8, but couldn’t go all the way. But I think we will have learnt from that, and grown from that. We need to keep that feeling going, and keep that hunger. For us it’s all about getting to the next round so we have to make sure that we turn up and that we fight.

 

“I think the whole Nedbank Cup is an excitement on it's own. Having made it past the round of 32 and into the last 16, what motivates us now is trying to reach the next round. Yes it is a derby, but I don't think we will focus much on that, the main thing is that we all pitch up and put in the effort to get to the next round.”

 

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