Cup final history
Maritzburg, Stars have veterans to count on
The striking similarity in the squads of Maritzburg United and Free State Stars is that both clubs boast experienced central defensive pairings who possess leadership attributes. Maritzburg have Siyanda Xulu and Bevan Fransman, while Stars pride themselves on the combo of Paulus Masehe and Rooi Mahamutsa. One way or another, the vast knowledge these players possess will be put to the test when the two clubs battle it out in the Nedbank Cup final to be staged at the Cape Town Stadium tomorrow (7pm). Stars captain Masehe, 34, feels his experience will come handy in their bid for the R7-million winner’s prize, adding that it’s in such moments the teams need players who have been around. “I think the experience I have will be very important in this encounter. I have been trying to keep my teammates calm. Even Mahamutsa is doing the same. It’s our responsibility to make sure that the players have a right mindset,” said Masehe. He may be a seasoned campaigner but the Stars skipper is aware that at the pace Maritzburg play, they will need more than experience.
“They are playing a very quick football. The lads like [Siphesihle] Ndlovu and [Lebohang] Maboe can be very speedy and tricky, but the plan is to just try and keep a close eye on them, arrive on the ball first,” he said.
“We also aim to use our midfield to stop them from attacking.”
The veteran defender also feels winning the Ke Yona cup will go a long way in inspiring the people of QwaQwa.
“It’s more than football for us. It’s our first final in almost 19 years and our people want Free State Stars something to draw inspiration from. We want to do it for the people of QwaQwa. It will be a big motivation for them to see that in life you can defy the odds.” Maritzburg United Originally founded in
1979 and revived in 2003, the Team of Choice are eyeing their first trophy.
United have generally struggled on the domestic scene.
Their coach, Fadlu Davids, won the
2006 Telkom KO with Silver Stars as a player, while defenders Bevan Fransman and Siyanda Xulu (both former Kaizer Chiefs players) are the others who have played in a cup final before. – Tiyani wa ka Mabasa
Paulus Masehe wants to lift the cup for the people of QwaQwa.
Maritzburg United captain Bevan Fransman will try to inspire his teammates to a victory at the Cape Town Stadium.