Winnerspark not dreaming of cup

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Morris Chokoe, Winnerspark's co-director, is not a subscriber to the Absa Cup's slogan "Cup of Dreams" because he is not dreaming of winning the yearly showpiece - at least not now.

The Seshego-based medical doctor also admits that his National First Division League club will need a miracle to upstage SuperSport United in the last-32 stage of the Absa Cup at Super Stadium on Sunday.

Kickoff is at 3.45pm.

"It is a known fact that SuperSport United are the new cup specialists of South African soccer and you can't take this away from them.

"United have defeated big guns in cup competitions, so who are we?" asked Chokoe, who emphasised that their priority was to qualify for the Platinum playoffs.

"There is a lot of money in the Absa Cup, but our focus is more on the league in order to qualify for the playoffs.

"It is clear that SuperSport are serious about Saturday's match. Their coach [Pitso Mosimane] was in Mpumalanga to watch us when we played to a 2-2 draw against Witbank Spurs."

Mosimane will be sitting on the bench for the first time after completing his two-month ban for harassing a match official after their 1-0 loss to Black Leopards in Thohoyandou on December 10.

Despite challenging for the Castle Premiership title, United - who have six regulars who are nursing injuries - have not been consistent lately.

The injured players are Maimane Phiri, Daine Klate, Sibusiso Mahlangu, Siboniso Gaxa, Stanton Fredericks and Tony Tsabedze.

Winnerspark, who are guided by Innocent Mayoyo, have the likes of Vincent Kobola, Morgan Shivambu and Premerus Phadu who are capable of giving the fancied Matsatsantsa a Pitori a torrid afternoon.