TS Galaxy captain Ludwe Mpakumpaku feels they can no longer be considered underdogs at this stage of the Nedbank Cup, and puts his head on the block by choosing a preferred final opponent.
Galaxy are set to face Golden Arrows in the first semi-final at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium this afternoon (15h00).
The National First Division outfit are the only lower-league side that have made it through to the penultimate round of the competition, but the shotstopper insists they now have an equal chance at the title to their premier division counterparts.
“I don’t think it matters because they also haven’t actually won a cup in quite some years – I think it was in 2009 when they won the MTN8, so they are also desperate to win,” said Mpakumpaku.
“That’s also good because it means they won’t be too calm; they’ll also have nerves to actually try and beat us.
“We might be seen as the underdogs, but we can’t be in the semi-finals and still be seen as underdogs.
“We just need to minimise the number of mistakes because they are a PSL side. The more we limit mistakes, the better our chances of winning.”
Should they manage an upset – something the Nedbank Cup is famed for – the 25-year-old would prefer to face Chippa United over Kaizer Chiefs, who square off in the other semi-final at 20h15 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this evening.
“I, personally, would like to play Chippa. I think Chiefs have been struggling, they’ve been having a trophy drought,” he explained.
“So, if they were to go to the final, I’m sure they would be more than switched on to make sure that they get something, because they won’t be getting anything in the league as well.
“If we could go with Chippa [to the final], they also haven’t won anything yet, but they’re not considered a big team. So, no one would really expect them to actually [win it].”