Free State Stars assistant coach, David Vilakazi has urged the team to be more clinical and composed this weekend when they face Chippa United in the Last 16 clash of the Nedbank Cup. Stars host United at Goble Park Stadium (at 15:30) in Bethlehem on Saturday, as they seek to extend their stay in the competition. Ea Lla Koto, who recently moved to third on the league table following a 2-1 win over Platinum Stars, knocked out their neighbours Super Eagles with the same margin to reach the second round. Against the Chilli Boys though, who brushed aside Young Stars in their last Cup outing, Vilakazi has warned the men from Bethlehem of the danger the Port Elizabeth side tends to pose when given space.
"What's going to be important is to be clinical on the day; finish off the chances we create.
We don't want to be in the same situation as last time we played them where we allowed them back into the game after taking a lead," Vilakazi told Dumelang Sport.
As they return to the same venue the defeated the Eagles, assistant, Vilakazi is optimistic they will pick up they left off. "We're going into this match with the same ambitions as last matches, to win, particularly because we're playing at home. We want to wrap up this match in the 90 minutes and hopefully make the quarterfinals and push harder; who knows, we might find ourselves in the final.
" “They're [Chippa United] a good side, dangerous when given space, and we mustn't allow that. Therefore, we should score and then contain them," Vilakazi added. He believes unity and hard work have contributed immensely to Stars' recent commendable performance. "Players know what the coach wants and what's expected of them. The quality in the team is exceptional; those on the bench are equally as good as those on the field. Everybody is pushing and contributing positively to the team and the spirit is high," he concluded.