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Roger de Sa says Platinum Stars going for Telkom Knockout gold

Posted: 27 October 2017 Time: 16:00

Platinum Stars coach Roger de Sa insists the team will go all out to win the Telkom Knockout despite more pressing concerns in the Premiership.

Stars will open the 2017 TKO against Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium tonight (20h00).

The Phokeng-based outfit are yet to win this season as they prop up the league standings with four points from nine games - five points behind 11th-placed Maritzburg.

“If we are in the cup, we want to go all the way,” said De Sa.

“You never enter the cup to say let’s just go to the semis or the quarters. In a cup competition, you want to go all the way and win the final. That’s what we are here for.

“The cup at this stage is not as important as the league is for us but nonetheless we are professionals. We want to win every game we play in. A good cup run sometimes also helps your league form.

“We are not going to make drastic changes but we will be resting one or two key players we feel are a concern to us. We want to win still. We are not going there to play our second 11 or something like that. Not at all. We want to win. We want to keep that going to the league match.”

De Sa has faith that elusive victory is on its way after 1-1 draws with Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars in their previous two outings.

“The squad has been working hard. Even with limited areas in our team, the players have continued to graft and put in the hard work and the belief is still there. There’s no easy way in this game. We have to work hard in order to win and we will.”

However, he has ample respect for the Team of Choice under youthful counterpart Fadlu Davids.

“Maritzburg are an exciting young team with a lot of good players that have made the mark this year. They are an exciting team to watch. They like to play a certain system but they are adaptable. They can change while the game is on. They do it well because they have personnel that change their positions pretty quickly. They also have the support. They are probably the best supported side in the league as far as home matches are concerned.”

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