Ekstein: Chiefs aim to win the cup
Posted: 20 April 2018 Time: 08:43
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Hendrick Ekstein is still buzzing from his first goal of the season, and hopes to continue his good form by leading the club to the Nedbank Cup title.
Ekstein netted his fourth goal for the club in four seasons at Naturena, when he bagged the all-important winner against Platinum Stars last weekend.
The 27-year-old has struggled for consistency but his goal against Dikwena saw him collect his second man-of-the-match award of the season, after picking up his first in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal win over Baroka three weeks ago.
“I always see the trophies when entering the room at home. Seeing those trophies motivates me to work harder and win even more,” he told his club's website, before also reflecting on his first league goal since September 2016.
“I've put in extra work at training to help improve my finishing, usually with our assistant coach Patrick Mabedi.”
Ekstein further stresses that ending a near-three-year trophy drought is of paramount importance, as Chiefs approach the high-stakes cup semi-final clash against Free State Stars this weekend.
“It won’t be easy, but we will work hard to progress to the final. It’s our aim to win the Nedbank Cup,” he added, conceding also that Ea Lla Koto will be a tough nut to crack on Saturday evening.
“They are a tough team to play against. We only beat them recently thanks to a late goal in the 94th minute. It promises to be a competitive match, but we will be ready.”
The clash is set to kick off at 20h15 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, where the diminutive attacker hopes to bring joy to their supporters.
“We enjoy playing in Durban. We usually get good support there, and we want to make our supporters happy and grab this opportunity to reach a cup final with both hands. We will try our level best to win this trophy,” he reiterated.