DURBAN - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has already announced that the final of the Nedbank Cup will be played in Cape Town on the 19th of May and Cape Town City defender Thamsanqa Mkhize is targeting a home final.
It won’t be simple to achieve that target though. City have to go past former African champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarterfinals of the country's premier club knockout competition. The two teams lock horns at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).
The road to the last eight of the competition has been a tough one for the Citizens who've had to overcome lofty opposition. They eliminated Absa Premiership champions Bidvest Wits in the first round and then followed that up with another massive victory over the in-form Orlando Pirates in the second round.
Sundowns are going to be yet another difficult hurdle for City and Mkhize is well aware of that.
“It is a tough draw. As much as we are playing the top teams, we always enjoy coming up against the likes of Sundowns, Wits, SuperSport United and Pirates," Mkhize said.
"The main goal and the main aim is to reach the final and win the cup. Yes we are playing a good team in Sundowns but I believe in a cup competition everything is possible. Anything can happen."
Mkhize said the key is for City to prepare well, have self belief and execute the gameplan to perfection on matchday. That Cape Town will host the final gives them more reason to want to be a part of it.
"It is a motivation for us that the final will be played at home. We want to play the cup final in-front of our home supporters. We want to be there in the final,” Mkhize explained.
Cape Town City have done well in cup competitions in their one and half year of existence. Last season they won the Telkom Knockout by beating SuperSport 2-1.
They have already reached the cup final this season where they succumbed to the self same SuperSport on penalties in the final of the MTN 8 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
“It is going to be a close affair," Mkhize said of their tie with Sundowns. "I’m hoping we will be able to reach the final. Our supporters will come out in their numbers to support us if we reach the final.
"We always strive for success as footballers. That is the main drive for us as players. We want to reach finals and create history for the club. This is another opportunity for us as the club to reach another cup final.
"The Nedbank Cup is the last piece of silverware we can win this season. We will give it a go and make sure that we reach the final.” Mkhize missed out in the last two matches for Bafana Bafana but he was not bothered by the snub.
“I wasn’t disappointed (to miss out on the Bafana call up). I respect coach Stuart Baxter’s decision. He gave me an opportunity when we played Burkina Faso and Senegal. That shows that he saw something in me. So I must keep on working hard. Hopefully when he announces another team, my name will be there.
"I believe he is a good coach and he knows what is he is doing. I believe he is monitoring my progress and there’s no need for me to give up. I must keep on going.”