Makhubedu: Fringe players to face Chiefs

Nedbank Cup

The ABC Motsepe League outfit will be hosting the Amakhosi at their 10 000-seater home ground Kabokweni Stadium in Mpumalanga on Sunday afternoon, with kick-off set for 15h00.

Aside from eliminating Cape Town City in the previous round, Acornbush might still be a largely unknown team to the broader football following public.

Makhubedu, though, reveals that five players are currently on-loan at the club from Naturena and Chiefs should therefore be well aware of their threat.

"We are not unknown to Chiefs. We have five or six players from their development so we are not a closed book to them," said Makhubedu in the pre-match press conference on Thursday.

Labelling this weekend's match "the biggest" in the club's history, the former Jomo Cosmos assistant coach says the players have no shortage in motivation, which has made the technical team's job considerably easier.

"It's the biggest game we've ever played, we just want to enjoy the game and if we win it's not a problem. They must show respect to us because we have good young boys," he added.

"We don't have to do extra work to prepare for this game. It's good for us as a technical team that the players are already motivated and excited."

Makhubedu also revealed that their team that beat the Citizens on penalties in the round of 32 consisted of mostly "fringe" players, and it will be the same case on Sunday as their primary focus is on winning their league stream.

"The players who won't play might feel disappointed but we've explained the situation to them. Our focus is on promotion to the First Division and we won't field our best team in the cup," explained Makhubedu.

"The team that beat Cape Town City comprised of mostly fringe players, and we will field the same team against Chiefs. It's not a weak team, we only have good players, but it's a completely different team to the one we use in the league."