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Posted: 24 March 2015 Time: 09:34

Mpumalanga Black Aces captain Eddie Ngalo has welcomed being drawn against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals, saying "to become the best you have to beat the best".

Ngalo was speaking to the press after the Ke Yona cup draw at Southgate Mall in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon.

The AmaZayoni skipper said the Brazilians are playing good football at the moment which makes the clash a tough one.

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Aces have beaten Maritzburg United and Jomo Cosmos to reach the last-eight of the lucrative tournament.

“It’s a tough draw because they’re playing good football as we speak but we’ll have to prepare for it,” said Ngalo.

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“We welcome the draw because to become the best in any tournament you have to beat the best, we’ll have to do our homework obviously.

“I think we can beat them, because we’re also professional players.”

Meanwhile, Ngalo said the team has been boosted by the promotion of Jacob Sakala to head coach at the expense of Clive Barker. 

“Sakala came in and gave us confidence in our previous games, the change was needed and it gave us motivation, the boys are up for everything now,” added the Port Elizabeth-born player.

“Each and every game we have a chance to win and we’ve got quality players so we’re not surprised with the draw after the so called big guns have been eliminated.

“We want to play the best, it’s going to be a great game because both teams play good football and a boost is that we’re at home.”

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