Three cup fi­nals pos­si­ble – Phala

But Mat­sat­santsa face for­mi­da­ble foe in Zam­bia’s Zesco

Sowetan - - Sport - By Go­molemo Motshwane

Su­perS­port United winger Thuso Phala has his sight set on mak­ing his­tory with the Tsh­wane club by reach­ing three cup fi­nals be­fore the end of the year.

The Tsh­wane side have al­ready sealed their fi­nal berth in the MTN8 and will be look­ing to do the same in the Telkom Knock­out and the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup.

Phala is one of the few re­main­ing play­ers in the cur­rent squad who was there the last time the team com­peted in the African tour­na­ment in 2014.

Su­perS­port will square-off against Zam­bian giants Zesco United in the first leg quar­ter­fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion at the Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium tonight (7pm).

“This was the plan from the start. We are look­ing to reach those fi­nals in the next two months. No other team will be able to say they have done what we did,” Phala told Sowe­tan this week.

“It’s one down and two more to go ba­si­cally. Reach­ing the top eight fi­nal sets you up nicely for the rest of the sea­son. And we saw what Wits did af­ter win­ning the MTN8 and then the league last sea­son.”

Phala is also en­cour­aged by the scor­ing form of lethal striker Jeremy Brockie, who was em­broiled in a trans­fer show­down with the club two weeks ago.

Brockie had handed in a trans­fer re­quest to Mamelodi Sun­downs but Su­perS­port re­jected it. The 31-year-old for­mer Sun­downs and Kaizer Chiefs player be­lieves Brockie will be key for Mat­sat­santsa in their African quest for African glory.

“For us it makes life a bit eas­ier be­cause there is al­ways a chance that the goal will come. When he (Brockie) scores it puts pres­sure on all of us, it pushes us to con­trib­ute more in search of more goals.

“He has put that [trans­fer] be­hind him now and has con­tin­ued to do the job for us be­cause he is a pro­fes­sional.

“It’s up to us to pro­vide those as­sists to him and we know he is go­ing to put them away.”

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Percy Tau, who was in­stru­men­tal in Sun­downs’ mid­week vic­tory over Free State Stars, be­lieves their ex­pe­ri­ence in con­ti­nen­tal foot­ball should pull them through to the semi­fi­nal of the Cham­pi­ons League.

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