'cup run is over'

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Free State Stars have issued a stern warning to high-flying Santos to forget about chasing a league and cup double in their quest to end the season with a bang.

Ea Lla Koto take on the People's Team in a Nedbank Cup quarterfinal at Goble Park stadium in Bethlehem on Sunday at 3pm.

Stars are fresh from a credible 1-1 draw against yet another side from the Mother City, Ajax Cape Town, in a midweek league game.

Santos also registered a similar result against relegation-threatened Jomo Cosmos in a game last weekend where the Cape Town outfit were lucky to get a point.

Sunday's clash promises to be an exciting game as Santos have made it clear that they want to clinch both Ke Yona (Nedbank Cup),and the championship title.

At the same time, this game affords the Capetonians an opportunity to avenge the 4-1 drubbing handed to them by the Free Staters.

It was a rude welcome by Stars for title winning Botswana coach Major David Bright, who joined Santos in February.

But Bright and his troops regrouped soon after that humiliating defeat and it is history now that they have not lost since then. It is not surprising that Bright, who has also been linked to Mamelodi Sundowns, is a great contender for the Absa Premiership Coach of the Season award.

He has turned Santos into a well-oiled machine after arriving in Cape Town when they were strong relegation candidates.

Santos boast players like Mogogi Gabonamong, Erwin Isaacs, Thando Mngomeni and Eleazar Rodgers, who form a deadly combination.

But it won't be an easy one against Stars who are eyeing Ke Yona now that they have bailed out of the Premiership title race due to recent indifferent results.

Pressure is also mounting on coach Kinnah Phiri to please their fans by winning this cup after raising their hopes with a great soccer display early this season.