Richards Bay target redemption in Carling Knockout clash with Stellenbosch

Richards Bay target redemption in Carling Knockout clash with Stellenbosch

Richards Bay captain Simphiwe Mcineka openly eyes redemption against Stellenbosch in the Carling Knockout Cup semi-final.

The anticipation is fuelled by the memory of a recent 2-1 defeat at the hands of Stellies in the DStv Premiership, intensifying their desire for payback.

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Stellenbosch enter the fixture riding a wave of league success, having notched six victories compared to Bay's two wins in 13 attempts this season.

Mcineka acknowledges the challenge but asserts that playing on home turf provides the necessary advantage.

"We are going into this Carling Knockout game against Stellenbosch still wounded because they beat us in the league," Mcineka told reporters. 

"This is a very good chance for us for revenge. We are aware that they are a good side and we respect them but playing at home should give us that upper hand."

Promising an assertive approach, Mcineka emphasises that Richards Bay won't adopt a defensive stance, but instead plan to be proactive, drawing inspiration from their victories over Moroka Swallows and Orlando Pirates en route this stage of the tournament.

"We will take the game to them. It's a cup game, and in cup games, there's no need to sit back and absorb pressure¦ you must initiate everything if you want to win this kind of game," the Bay skipper added.

Mcineka, meanwhile, defended the team's overall performance, attributing their struggles to a lack of precision in front of goal. 

"It's not that we've been performing badly in the league, but our main downfall has been that we don't score our chances," he insisted.

"We have been working very hard to make sure that we take our chances going forward. At the back, we were also not as tight as we should be, but we've rectified that – you can see that we managed two clean sheets in our last two matches."

The Carling Knockout Cup semifinal promises a spectacle of determination, strategy, and, above all, the pursuit of redemption for Richards Bay.

You can watch the action LIVE on SABC 1 and follow across SABC Radio Stations from 14:30.

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