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Bidvest Wits' Keene, Vilakazi gear up for Nedbank Cup quarter-final with Free State Stars

Posted: 22 April 2016 Time: 12:05

Bidvest Wits attackers James Keene and Sibusiso Vilakazi are confident of success heading into Saturday's Nedbank Cup quarter-final with Free State Stars in Bethlehem.

Kick-off is scheduled for 15h00 at Goble Park Stadium, with Wits boasting a 19-point advantage on Stars in the league standings and riding an eight-game unbeaten run in domestic competition.

However, Ea Lla Koto knocked the Students out of the Telkom Knockout, while the teams played to a second goalless draw in the Absa Premiership this season at Bidvest Stadium last weekend.

Keene, who has eight goals this campaign, is nevertheless backing his side to get the job done.

The Englishman told his club's website: “Tomorrow's game is a very important game for us. The Nedbank Cup is a trophy that everyone would like to win. We are going into the game with good form and have not lost a game in a while. We are a good team and are in a good space right now. The team has been playing well. We just have to keep the confidence up, go into the game and do what we have always done. We know how important every game is for us now coming to the end of the season. Every game is crucial to stay at the top of the league. As a professional footballer this is what you strive for, you want to win.

“We are still in the league chase for the title and in the Nedbank Cup. We know how good we are and what we are capable of, so we show up on Saturday and give 100 percent – that is all that matters. As a team we have demonstrated that we can score goals and win games. We are going to go to Goble Park confident.”

Bafana Bafana intenational Vilakazi is determined to help bring the first major trophy to Braamfontein since 2010.

“It is going to be a tough game obviously, we have played them before in cup games and they have always given us a tough time. Playing away is most definitely going to be a challenge. We are, however, confident and are hoping to get a positive result out of the game. It is a cup game and on the day anything can happen. We have to create chances and then hopefully we will progress to the next round.

“You have to keep the previous game in the past and start from zero again. It is important to achieve our goals, and as a team it is all about the team and never about one player singled out. I am quite confident that we will get a positive result in our travels. Obviously we would like to win every game that we play. In a cup game we only have one shot and we have to give it all that we have. As a team we would love to lift a piece of silverware at the end of this season; it has been a long drought and we would like to change that,” concluded 'Vila'.

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