Freee State Stars skipper Paulus Masehe determined to see off Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup
Posted: 19 April 2018 Time: 16:30
Free State Stars skipper Paulus Masehe believes it would only be right for Luc Eymael's side to leave a legacy and emulate the club's 1994 Coca-Cola Cup triumph.
Ea Lla Koto, who have impressed in the league this season, will battle Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night for a place in the Nedbank Cup final.
Masehe, 34, has memories of Ea Lla Koto's team bus parading the Coca-Cola Cup - now known as the Telkom Knockout Cup - 14 years ago, and hopes more glory is on its way to the Bethlehem-based outfit.
“It will be fair for this generation of players who did so well this season to at least achieve something and leave a legacy," Masehe is quoted as saying on his club's website.
“It was a good moment for me and I also want to leave by emulating the class of 1994.
“This team has been part of my life and it will only be fair to at least win something before I hang up my boots and rewrite the history books of the club.”
The former Mamelodi Sundowns man expects a tough encounter against Chiefs, who are desperate to avoid a hat-trick of seasons without silverware under coach Steve Komphela.
“We will try and fight with everything against Chiefs so we can be able to reach the final. It will not be easy but as much as they want it we are also hungry for it as well.”
The Stars stalwart feels the side's humility has serve them well en-route to wins over Super Eagles, Chippa United and Ubuntu Cape Town in the lucrative competition.
“The level of commitment, consistency, team spirit, discipline and humility has played a major role. Even when we were getting those results we tried by all means to remain level headed and I think that helped us a lot.”
Maritzburg United will host Absa Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in the other last-four tie at Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday afternoon.