Morton targets fourth winner's medal
Posted: 9 March 2018 Time: 09:00
AmaZulu midfielder Michael Morton has explained what cup football is all about as he goes in search of a fourth Nedbank Cup winner's medal.
Morton won the competition for the first time with Bidvest Wits with a 3-0 victory over Usuthu in the final at FNB Stadium a few months before the 2010 World Cup.
The Orlando Pirates academy graduate repeated the feat with SuperSport United with a 3-2 defeat of Bucs in the final at Peter Mokaba Stadium in 2015/16.
Morton then helped Matsatsantsa become the first club to retain the trophy last term with a 4-1 thrashing of the Buccaneers at Moses Mabhida Stadium in what was Stuart Baxter's last game before he returned to the Bafana Bafana hotseat.
AmaZulu will host NFD side Ubuntu Cape Town in the last-16 of this year's event at Umlazi's King Zwelithini Stadium tonight (20h00).
Cavin Johnson's men were stretched in their tournament opener, edging second-tier strugglers Mthatha Bucks 3-0 on penalties after 120 minutes of football produced a 2-2 draw.
Morton, however, says getting the win is all that matters.
“Cup games it doesn’t really matter how you get through... you just need to find a way to the next round,” Morton tells KickOff.com.
“Whether it’s on penalties, extra time, or just one single goal, that’s all you need and that’s what this cup is about, finding a way to get to the next round.
“Also we have to be aware that it’s a NFD side, so for them it’s about taking their chances to be stars and getting something out of their season.
“So we know that they’ll be fighting to really show their qualities to get something out of this game.”
The 29-year-old recently committed his future to AmaZulu by signing a contract with the Premiership returnees, which will take effect when his loan deal from SuperSport expires in June.
Morton says he reached the decision to stay on a while back.
“I was always committed to the team, I had already set my mind on staying here,” he says.
“It’s nice to finally have it on paper but it was always in the back of my mind that I want to be here anyway.
“If there was any club interested in me, I didn’t pay too much attention to it but there wasn’t too much. This sort of deal with AmaZulu was something we were talking about a long time ago before the opportunity came, so I wasn’t really open to any ideas from anywhere else.”