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Downs chase glory in final Supa 8

By unknown | Jul 25, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

It's now or never for reigning Castle Premiership kings Mamelodi Sundowns in the SAA Supa 8.

They have not won this competition since its inception four seasons ago, and with this being the last edition of the tournament, they are determined to see their name engraved on the trophy.

Their journey to the R1,3 million first prize begins at Loftus Stadium next month when they host Bloemfontein Celtic, who have proved to be difficult customers for the Brazilians.

Sundowns, who will be having a tight schedule when the season kicks off, have promised to leave no stone unturned in their quest for Supa 8 glory.

Though they will be taking part in the tough CAF Confederations Cup competition, they are optimistic of domestic success.

Club communications director Alex Shakoane said they were meeting a tricky side in Celtic, but their players were geared up for the fight ahead.

"It is going to be tough because we'll be meeting a different side in Celtic. But we need to have a different approach and bang in goals from the opening minutes," said Shakoane.

"We're not going to take them lightly, that is the reason why we've started mobilising more support to match them on the stands. Our focus is now on this trophy that has been eluding us, so we're not going to let it slip this time round," he said.

Celtic's manager Khumbulani Konco said they have been watching their opponents and they have noted their weaknesses and strengths.

"We'll be fielding a very young team. The guys will be running for the entire 90 minutes. Sundowns are going to find it hard to beat us," he said.

"We won the trophy two seasons ago. Wwe are determined to win it once more this time."

Silver Stars boss Larry Brookstone, whose side meet Jomo Cosmos, said after the tournament they will undergo a name change to Platinum Stars.

"Like other teams we have reinforced our squad and we're looking forward to doing well in this competition."

Swallows general manager Sipho Xulu said they have gone right to the final where they lost to Cosmos. This time they plan to go one better. But first they must get past SuperSport United, who won it in 2004.

The draw: Sundowns v Celtic; Silver Stars v Cosmos (August 11/12) Swallows v SuperSport; Ajax v Orlando Pirates (August 18/19).


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