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amatuks get wish

By unknown | Mar 24, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Yesterday's Nedbank Cup quarterfinals draw in Johannesburg was a dream one for Bloemfontein Celtic and University of Pretoria.

Prior to the draw at Melrose Arch, Celtic team manager Khumbulani Konco and Kenny Neluvhalani of AmaTuks separately revealed that they wanted to play each other.

"We wanted [to play] Celtic to keep the winning momentum, our players would have been complacent against a First Division side," said Neluvhalani.

"Celtic are trying hard to avoid relegation in the Premiership and we are in the race to qualify for the Platinum playoffs. It's gonna be a great game."

AmaTuks eliminated Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

Konco, who was forever glued to his cellphone, clenched his fist in the air in celebration after drawing AmaTuks.

"It's a good one [draw], we wanted them. We will plead with Siwelele not to bring along whistles to avoid confusing AmaTuks players, like it happened in another match [in apparent reference to the game between AmaTuks and Chiefs]."

In that game, Chiefs defender Jimmy Tau froze after a fan blew a whistle, resulting in Tuks' Phenyo Mongala scoring without any pressure.

Moroka Swallows were drawn against Maritzburg United, Black Leopards will be away to Platinum Stars while Winners Park will take on Ajax Cape Town.

Gladys Bailey, Ajax's popular fan said: "With the league title out of reach for us, we cannot afford to let Ke Yona slip out of our hands too."

Trevor Lekalakala, Winners Park publicist, said: "It will be a tough one against Ajax, but I fancy our chances in front of our fans."

Swallows' chief Sipho Xulu warned that Santos' campaign in the tournament was over and will be formalised in two weeks' time.

Xulu was disappointed with some people's response to the elimination of the big three - Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns - from Ke Yona.

"We need to start treating all the clubs equally. People are now talking as if the tournament is over now that the big three clubs are out," he said.


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