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Stars coach Eymael out for revenge in Nedbank Cup semifinal

Stars coach Eymael out for revenge in Nedbank Cup semifinal

Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael admits his side will have revenge on their minds when they travel to Durban to face Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup semifinals on Saturday night.
Stars were beaten 1-0 by Chiefs in a league clash earlier this month thanks to a header from Teenage Hadebe five minutes into injury-time, a result that Eymael feels was unjust.
“We would like a small revenge after we lost to them in the league. We were very unlucky in that game and to lose a goal from a free-kick was disappointing. It is some motivation for us,” Eymael said.
But he added that he would not be putting his squad through any special preparation for what is the club’s biggest game of the season.
“We prepare like we do for every game, as if we were playing Ubuntu [Cape Town] or Platinum [Stars],” the Belgian coach said. “We study all our opponents in detail and we will have plans for how to tackle Chiefs. I hope my players will respond very well.”
Eymael added that he has players in his squad who have appeared in cup finals before and they know how special it would be for the team to reach the Nedbank Cup decider in Cape Town on May 19.
“We have players like Paulus Masehe, Siphelele Mthembu, Patrick Phungwayo and Rooi Mahamutsa who have played in cup finals before with other clubs, so they know how good it feels to play in a final,” he said.
Stars have reached the Nedbank Cup semifinals on four occasions since 2008 and lost each time.

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