- Free State Stars captain Paulus Masehe will be desperate to break is knockout competition duck when his side takes on Maritzburg United in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday
- Masehe last appeared in a knockout tournament final 11 years ago his team lost on that day
- Meanwhile, Maritzburg coach Fadlu Davids admitted his side lacks finals experience and could struggle with the pressure
Maritzburg United go into Saturday’s Nedbank Cup final as underdogs and even coach Fadlu Davids has admitted his side lacks finals experience and could struggle with the pressure of a final. Meanwhile, Free State stars captain Paulus Masehe will be looking to break his knockout competition duck.
Masehe last appeared in a knockout tournament final 11 years ago when he played for Orlando Pirates. His former side Mamelodi Sundowns beat his side on that day.
“My last cup final was when I was at Pirates. I don’t remember where it was played, but we lost 1-0. It feels so good to be in a final, especially for us because we were getting knocked out in semi-finals. For us to achieve this is big and it comes with a lot of excitement and happiness,” Masehe said.
Briefly.co.za gathered that despite Masehe having turned professional more than 10 years ago, he has only won one league title and his personal trophy cabinet is a lot smaller than he would like.
Masehe said it was important to win titles in order to bring home silverware which could be shown to children and family members to make them proud.
The Stars captain said it was also important for the 2018 group of players to leave a legacy which future players would draw inspiration from. Masehe said winning was very important to the team.
Maritzburg United, on the other hand, is trying to approach the final like they would a regular game that is according to Davids.
Davids said Free State Stars have a massive edge in tournament pedigree.
Maritzburg will compete in their first major final when they take on Stars at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, the game is set to start at 19:00.
Davids said: “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.
Maritzburg had an impressive year and finished fourth in the league standings, their best result ever. Davids while happy with the progress shown by his side is desperate for some silverware.
He said: “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.”
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