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Cup will be our cash cow - Stars

By unknown | Oct 27, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

The whopping R4,25 million Telkom Cup winner's prize money has motivated financially struggling Silver Stars to play to this richest tournament on the continent.

"We see the Telkom Cup as our sponsor and we are prepared to go as far as possible in this competition," Owen da Gama, Stars' coach, said yesterday.

Da Gama is preparing his team for a tricky last-16 clash against Bloemfontein Celtic at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng, North West, on Sunday at 3.15pm.

The astute Stars' coach said their 0-2 loss to Orlando Pirates last weekend has motivated his charges for Phunya Sele Sele.

"That defeat did not dampen our spirits but has made us to be more focussed and we are 100 percent ready for Celtic," he said.

"The players know the importance of doing well in this competition because we don't have sponsors. We want to win it and will do everything in our power to succeed."

The fact that Stars have never lost to Celtic since they were in the First Division should motivate Da Gama for Sunday's clash.

Sello Nduna, Celtic spokesman, is, however, confident of causing an upset in Phokeng on Sunday.

"We are ready, willing and able to break the jinx against Stars," he said yesterday. "Our preparations for this match are going accordingly and we are equally ready to qualify for the next round of this tourney at Stars' expense.

"We have not been disappointing playing in North West in the past and I don't see us failing on Sunday. Moses Spandeel [the Celtic midfielder from Klerksdorp] is looking forward to playing in his home province."

Stars' strike force and midfield have been reinforced by the return from suspension of Dale Studzinski and Joseph Mkalipa.

The Free Staters welcome Ntokozo Sikhakhane back from suspension, but Lebohang Kukame remains doubtful.

Nduna said they had organised more than 20 buses to the match for Masokolara, their supporters.


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