Moroka Swallows are determined to salvage what has been a hugely disappointing season when they meet First Division giant killers Pretoria University in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday.
The high-flying Birds were brought back to earth in the
second part of the PSL (Premier Soccer League) season after failing to qualify for the top
eight. The Birds slumped badly after a promising start to the PSL season.
Birds assistant coach Zeca Marques had a word with SuperSport, saying that the cup final is the
perfect opportunity to end the season with a bang. "Our success or failure
this season has come down to the cup final," he said. "We owe it to the fans and ourselves
to win the cup and end the season on a high. We started the season like a house
on fire, but faded badly and now we have this last chance to set everything
"We are totally focused and determined to give this
final one big push and win the trophy. It is a classic all-or-nothing scenario
for us and we are going to give it everything we have got. I am quietly
confident, but we are cautious. Cup finals are all about the side that rises to
the occasion on the day and we must make sure it is us and not Tukkies that
come out victorious."
Marques stressed, however, there were no favourites or
underdogs in Saturday's final, despite Swallows being a so-called 'big PSL
club' and AmaTuks playing in the National First Division.
"I have watched Tukkies during their cup run and they
are a quality side," he explained. "Frankly, this is one final where there is little in it. Tuks
have shown to be a tough side to beat and we will not make the mistake of
underestimating them. They have earned our respect by the way they have got to
the final beating three PSL sides."
Marques has his work cut out for him after the Birds' bad
end-of-season slump saw them finish a lowly 11th in the Premiership. On
Saturday, they will have a chance to secure some silverware for their trophy
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com