Soccer

United playing well: Fernandez

2012-09-19 14:17
Rowen Fernandez (Gallo)

Pretoria - SuperSport United goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez believes a strong defensive effort will allow the Pretoria side to challenge for the MTN8 trophy when they meet Moroka Swallows at Orlando Stadium in the final on Saturday.

"We are working well together. We've got a good couple of players at the back," Fernandez said on Wednesday.

"Everyone is really lifting their game and playing out of their skins.

"We are all working hard for the common goal and we know if we don't concede, we are not going to lose."

United emphatically beat Orlando Pirates 3-0 at the same venue earlier this month to book their spot in the final against a Swallows side looking to kick start their league campaign with a cup victory.

"Swallows just can't stop scoring," the former Bafana Bafana shot-stopper said.

"They have some good players going forward with (Lerato) Chabangu, (David) Mathebula and (Lefa) Tsutsulupa, and now (Siyabonga) Nomvethe is back in the mix as well.

"(Swallows coach) Zeca Marques will have them motivated on Saturday ahead of the game, but we'll just see how it goes on the weekend."

United gained momentum ahead of this weekend's clash, after a 3-0 win over AmaZulu in a league encounter on Saturday boosted their hopes following a disappointing start to the Premiership.

Fernandez believed they were looking in good shape and had discipline and composure within the squad.

"Regardless if Swallows or SuperSport win, it should be a good spectacle for football," he said.

"We are fortunate that we are in a position to play a number of different systems.

"Whether we play with (Sibusiso) Zuma or with Mabhudi Khenyeza upfront, the coach is spoilt for choice to a certain extent in that he can choose a lot of options, and I think for us that's good."

Meanwhile, veteran striker Zuma said United were happy with their progress and hoped to hit their straps across all competitions.

"There's that spirit in the team and we know we can win cups," Zuma said.

"So we are going into this one and we want to win it.

"We are going to go there, give everything we have and hope that we are going to come back with the cup.

"I just think it's going to be a great game. Swallows want this so badly and we do as well.

"I'm hoping that the fans are going to come through and fill out the stadium."

Read more on:    supersport united  |  mtn  |  rowen fernandez  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Sakho vows to score more

13 minutes ago

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Is Louis van Gaal the right man to restore the glory days at United?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.