There are no sim­ple routes to the Ned­bank Cup fi­nal

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IN their own words, Su­perS­port United cap­tain Dean Fur­man and Or­lando Pi­rates de­fender Ab­bubaker Mo­bara give us a blow-by-blow of how they reached to­mor­row’s Ned­bank Cup fi­nal and how they hope to fin­ish the job at Dur­ban’s Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium.

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Fur­man on Su­perS­port beat­ing Royal Ea­gles

2-1: We’ve had a dif­fi­cult road to the fi­nal be­cause we haven’t had a home game. But we have had a good cam­paign de­spite com­ing up against lower di­vi­sion sides who have noth­ing to lose and can throw ev­ery­thing at you. Those are the games that are po­ten­tial ba­nana skins. Our fo­cus against Ea­gles was spot on. We grabbed the lead and they equalised, but our qual­ity shone through in the end be­cause we had ex­pected them to throw ev­ery­thing at us.

Mo­bara on Pi­rates beat­ing EC Bees 3-1: I think we all ex­pected the game to be tough be­cause we were play­ing a team that is not on the same di­vi­sion as us. A lot of the time a game like that can be even be­cause you tend to come down to their level, but we han­dled it well. We con­ceded a late goal, but we were pro­fes­sional and never un­der­mined them, play­ing to our strengths and abil­ity.

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Fur­man breaks down the 2-0 vic­tory over

KwaDukuza United FC: This was a tough game, and they had a huge crowd. I re­mem­ber the great at­mos­phere, and again they threw ev­ery­thing at us. You must give credit to the team from the lower league be­cause that’s what this cup is all about – giv­ing ev­ery­one a chance against the so-called big teams. On the night they played very well, and for us to get through those two ba­nana skins was a big con­fi­dence booster.

Mo­bara breaks down the 4-1 romp against

Free State Stars: Hav­ing played them a week ear­lier in the league and los­ing, we wanted to make amends and were pre­pared to give it our best again. We fought hard and got the early goals that prob­a­bly made it look easy in the end and we were on our way to the next round.

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Fur­man on reach­ing the fi­nal af­ter an­other penalty shoot-out win over Chippa United: We had played them in Port El­iz­a­beth a few days be­fore and they beat us 3-0 in a game that was vi­tal for their sur­vival hopes, so they were on a high. Again it was a tough crowd in East Lon­don where we had never played be­fore. The game was ex­cit­ing and end-to-end, but ul­ti­mately it went to penal­ties, and Ron­wen Wil­liams was in goal this time and made two or three fan­tas­tic saves and we kept our nerves to con­vert and win 4-2.

Mo­bara on scor­ing the win­ning goal away

to Golden Ar­rows to reach the fi­nal: Sim­i­larly to the Celtic game, when we scored we were un­der a lot of pres­sure be­cause they wanted the equaliser, quite des­per­ately. They threw men for­ward and I think the back four, with the help of the mid­field, kept the ball out of dan­ger a num­ber of times for us. We re­alised we hadn’t been good all sea­son long and the Ned­bank Cup was the only tro­phy avail­able for us, so we pushed. I came in from deep and Mpho (Makola) gave me a good de­liv­ery, which I fin­ished well. Not bad for my sec­ond goal at the club in my first sea­son. I played four years at Ajax and only scored twice.

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LEAD­ERS: Dean Fur­man and Ab­bubaker Mo­bara will face off in the Ned­bank Cup fi­nal in Dur­ban to­mor­row.

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