Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
2 minute read
21 Apr 2016
12:10 pm

Aces eye Nedbank Cup trophy

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Mpumalanga Black Aces have had a good season and now want to cap their excellent performances with some silverware.

Ashraf Hendricks of Black Aces during the Supersport United and Black Aces Press Conference at the PSL Offices. (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

But the team are under no illusions about what they need to do to win a trophy.

Aces are in the last eight of the Nedbank Cup and will play SuperSport United on Friday night in a game defender Ashraf Hendricks described as a “difficult encounter”.

“Yes we have been playing good football… But I can’t say we deserve to have a trophy to show for it. That would be wrong because it would imply we want it handed to us,” said Hendricks at a media conference at the Premier Soccer League (PSL) headquarters in Johannesburg.

“We have to earn it because we know what we can do. If we are to cap our season with any silverware, we will have to work hard for it and earn it,” added the well-travelled defender.

AmaZayoni are currently fifth in the league standings with 41 points from 25 games, and Hendricks believes the team let themselves down in dropping points unnecessarily.

“If we end up third in the league and win the Nedbank Cup, it would have been a good season for Aces. We have let ourselves down in some games, losing and drawing when we could have easily won.

“Had we collected nine more points, it would have been a different story for us right now,” he said.

Hendricks said they are aware of the danger posed by SuperSport who have found their rhythm under Stuart Baxter’s guidance.

Matsatsantsa defender Clayton Daniels said the Ke Yona championship is a chance for them to redeem themselves after what was almost a disastrous season.

“This cup means a lot to us. If we win it we get to play in Africa… we get to redeem our season. So it’s a lot to play for and everyone is excited and looking forward to this game.

“We are definitely looking for a strong finish to the season,” said Daniels.