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Light start to cup hunt for Steve

Ex-Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve Komphela is looking to end his 17-year wait for his maiden trophy with Abafana Bes'thende.
Ex-Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve Komphela is looking to end his 17-year wait for his maiden trophy with Abafana Bes'thende.
Image: Golden Arrows/Twitter

The Nedbank Cup presents Golden Arrows mentor Steve Komphela with yet another opportunity for silverware as he still searches for his maiden trophy nearly 17 years into his coaching career.

Arrows are favourites to make light work of Mpumalanga ABC Motsepe League side Tjakastad Junior Shepherds in Nedbank Cup's first-round tie at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

The Abafana Bes'thende trainer has reached three cup finals as a coach.

Arrows themselves are as desperate for a cup as their coach. The KwaZulu-Natal club have only one competitive trophy, the MTN8, which they won in 2009 by demolishing Ajax Cape Town 6-0 at Orlando Stadium.

While Komphela was still away after attending Bafana Bafana legend Phil "Chippa" Masinga's memorial services in Soweto on Monday, it was his deputy Mandla Ncikazi who oversaw the club's preparations for the Tjakastad clash yesterday.

"We have a responsibility to perform as a club and play this game against Tjakastad as if it's the last game of the competition. We want to do well and perform in this cup competition," Ncikazi said.

"We know little about our opponents [Tjakastad] but we predict they are a disciplined and a determined team."

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