Absa Premiership

Eymael upbeat for Amakhosi games

2018-04-03 11:43
Luc Eymael and Steve Komphela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Free State Stars head coach Luc Eymael is looking forward to his side's upcoming matches with Kaizer Chiefs, starting with Wednesday's Absa Premiership tie at Goble Park.

The two teams were paired with each other in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup when the draw was made on Sunday, having already been scheduled to do battle in the Premiership match to take place in the Free State this Wednesday.

Chiefs beat Baroka 1-0 on Saturday to secure a place in the semis of the cup competition while Ea Lla Koto overcame NFD side Ubuntu Cape Town on penalties to also book their place.

However, Eymael was unhappy that his side will be away from home again in the semi-finals, having travelled to Cape Town to play Ubuntu in the quarter-finals while Chiefs have another home match.

The two teams are separated by just a point in the Premiership standings with Stars in third position while Chiefs are fourth.

“It’s a coincidence now that we have been drawn against Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup and already playing them on Wednesday in a league match.” Eymael exclusively told Vodacom Soccer.

“We are taking it one game at the time. We have to bounce back in the league because we lost the last game to Chippa United.

“Like I said, we do not have the luxury to choose opponents in the competitions and have to take it one game as it comes to try and be competitive in both.

“It’s also sad that Chiefs again have the home advantage. With us it has been two games away from home in the last two matches, but it’s OK. It’s a draw. We have to accept it and do our best."

The Ea Lla Koto mentor said the fact that his team have gone this far in the competition means that they are a good team that deserves to be respected.

Eymael added: "One thing for sure is that if you have gone to this stage of the competition being the semi-final means that you are a good team.

“We deserve to be here and so are the other three teams.”

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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