Kerr eyes CAF history through Nedbank


Baroka coach Dylan Kerr has set his sights on making history ahead of this weekend's Nedbank Cup semifinals, with a place in CAF competition also up for grabs.

Baroka are set to meet Bloemfontein Celtic in the Nedbank Cup as the 2019/20 season restarts at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

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Bakgaga, who bagged their first ever piece of silverware under former coach Wedson Nyirenda in 2018, will now be gunning for their second cup final in the club's short history.

But not only is Kerr relishing the final, he is also optimistic of qualification to next season's CAF Confederation Cup before even touching the trophy, provided they meet Mamelodi Sundowns, whom he anticipates will qualify for the CAF Champions League.

"This is the semi-final of the biggest cup competition in South African football, and to get to the final, you're guaranteed a place in CAF," Kerr told the SA Football Journalists Association.

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"Because if Sundowns get to the final, they would already have qualified for CAF. So, playing in the cup final against Sundowns, you're automatically qualified for the Confederations Cup – I may be wrong, but that's what I've been told.

"But, yes, it will also kickstart our season to win this game, which is going to be very tough against this Bloem Celtic team.

"It's going to set the tempo of the next six games of the league, plus if we do qualify for the final then it's 50-50, it's a cup final.

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"So, it's a massive incentive for any player – and it's a legacy to get into a cup final as well, because winning it – you'll be remembered forever; losing it – nobody remembers a loser.

"So, I see the incentive, and I'm not saying financially. The chairman might obviously give the players a financial incentive, but that shouldn't motivate you to go out and perform to the best of your ability and to give yourself the opportunity to play in a cup final.

"I said to the players, '80 percent of you may never ever get the opportunity to go to a Nedbank Cup final again, so don't blow it!'"

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