Fadlu: Stars have cup pedigree edge
Posted: 17 May 2018 Time: 17:30
Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids says Nedbank Cup final opponents Free State Stars have more tournament pedigree than his side.
Maritzburg have never been to a final before, while Ea Lla Koto claimed Coca-Cola Cup honours in 1994 and lost the Rothman's Cup decider 2-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns five years later.
United and Stars will compete for Ke Yona honours at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday (19h00).
“The most important thing is to approach it like any normal game and that is what we’ll try to do,” Davids said ahead of the showdown in the Mother City.
“We have to be aware that of course, Free State Stars have got more cup pedigree than us. They’ve been in a cup final before and it’s our first time. It's the first time for our players as well.
“So ja, we've got to approach it like a normal match and know that we are underdogs taking into consideration the cup pedigree."
The Team of Choice have impressed this season, coming fourth in the league to eclipse their previous best seventh-place finish last term.
Davids is pleased with their progress but is desperate to deliver silverware.
“Yes, of course achieving the top four was really something special for the club,” he added.
“Last season achieving our highest ever finish, seventh and bettering it now to fourth position ... of course it is due to hard work, everybody putting in the work behind the scenes.
“But if you have nothing to show for it, you can’t really say it was a success. Picking up the cup you can say it was a successful season. And the most important thing is not to think about the next step but set the next goals. It’s normal.”