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By Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Football Journalist

Nedbank Cup not priority for Pirates opponents Dondol

Rammoni has revaled that the club is happy with their progress in the Nedbank Cup, but their main priority is promotion.

Despite having reached the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup and facing one of the country’s biggest teams in Orlando Pirates, Dondol Stars co-coach Vincent Rammoni has reiterated that the team’s main objective is to be promoted to the Motsepe Foundation Championship this season.

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Dondol are in line for promotion to the National First Division (NFD), with the Pretoria based club leading the ABC Motsepe League Gauteng standings with 74 points after 33 games, with only three games left to the end of the season.

Ahead of their Nedbank Cup game with the Buccaneers at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, Rammoni says it is vital to keep their players grounded and not forget about their priorities.

“We are left with three games in the ABC Motsepe League and we are leading the log with nine points, but we are not there yet. We stillneed to play and win those three matches because in football anything canhappen. Things can change in a split second,” said Rammoni whose team has already beaten SuperSport United and AmaZulu FC.

“The priority is to win the league, go to the play-offs and get promoted to the NFD. That is the biggest goal we are targeting. As to how far we will go in the Nedbank Cup, obviously chances are there to go and win it and we will take them like others have done before. We have a good crop of quality players, and its always easy for us as coaches to make changes, rest others because we believes all the players we have signed this season can get the job done.”

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Meanwhile, Dondol defender Bafana Makhanya shared his coach’s sentiments regarding the team’s main focus this season and revealed that the club’s chairman Lordwick Makhura told them that everything they are achieving is for their own benefit.

“At the moment, we are just doing everything for our own benefit, even the chairman told us that we are just doing everything for ourselves. But what we are actually focusing on at the moment is the league rather than the Nedbank whereby teams will sign players one by one instead of us moving as a group (in the professional ranks),” said Makhanya.

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