Captain Paulus Masehe admitted that Free State Stars are targeting revenge over Orlando Pirates ahead of their Nedbank Cup last-16 clash on Saturday.
Ea Lla Koto take on the Buccaneers for the second time in a week at the James Motlatsi Stadium, hoping to get one over their domestic rivals who knocked them out of the semi-finals of the competition last season.
Stars produced a thrilling display in the Premiership to beat the Soweto giants 3-2 last Saturday, but the former Bucs man conceded that Kjell Jonevret’s side will be looking to come back stronger.
“It’s not going to be easy match having played them the past weekend, I am sure they have gone back to the drawing board to rectify their mistakes,” Masehe said.
“To be honest as much as we are focusing on the league, we also want to at least go as far as we can in the Nedbank cup.
“If one goes back to last season they knocked us out of the semi-final in the very same cup. The game on Saturday will be a sort of some ‘revenge’ in a way.
“The games are coming in thick and fast and we need to focus and one hopes that the guys will take the past weekend league’s performance into the cup match, it’s been a while since we last tasted the cup victory.”
Meanwhile Serame Letsoaka will be without forward’s Allen Nono, Thokozane Sekotlong and Nyiko Tshabangu, while Masehe himself ins a a doubt, according to physiotherapist Ryan Coert.