Coach Dan ‘Dance’ Malesela says his National First Division (NFD) side TS Galaxy will go for glory and nothing less in Saturday’s Nedbank Cup final against Kaizer Chiefs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium (19:00 kick off), because otherwise they will come second best and no one will remember that they even made the final.
Malesela said this ahead of his team’s biggest match yet, claiming that the large crowd that’s expected for the sell-out match will, in fact, not be to Chiefs’ advantage.
The two teams meet in the ‘Ke Yona’ final with the chance to win their first trophy of the 2018/2019 season, following their indifferent season in the NFD and Premier Soccer League.
“I’m hard to please man, you know. I don’t want to go to a final of the Nedbank and say: ‘Okay, fine, we got a silver medal,’ no, man! We need bigger things. You need to make history, you need to break records, you know, because records are there to be broken, and history is there to be made so, if you don’t make history then who will remember us?” says Malesela.
Galaxy, which Malesela claims has no stars, reached the final after beating Premier League side Golden Arrows 3-1 in the semi-finals, which followed wins against fellow NFD teams Cape Umoya United and Jomo Cosmos, in the quarter-final and Last 16 stages, respectively. They also defeated ABC Motsepe League side Umvoti FC in the first round.
The 53-year-old coach also says his team will not be intimidated by the huge crowd that is expected to be at the 85 000-seater stadium, which is expected to be largely made up of the Amakhosi supporters. “We actually play better when there is a crowd, and we play bad when there are no people, you know. You go to places like Cape Town, very few people and we play bad. Then we go to Kameelrivier, (their home ground, in Mpumalanga) there’s a big, big crowd, and then we play better. I think our boys are motivated by crowds, you know, because these boys are made to play football.
“When there’s a crowd then it motivates them more to shine. I told them that look, any stage of football where you want to be seen, where you want to market yourself, is when there are a lot of people – if you can take that then you’re a good player,” adds Malesela.