The Bafana Bafana player says the League leaders have performed above expectations this season, which has left him in no doubt that a League and cup double are very much on the cards.
And Evans maintains that although a maiden League title was of greater importance, clinching the multi-million Rand Nedbank Cup would be a perfect bonus.
“There is a lot of expectation among the players ahead of the clash with Chiefs,” the Pretoria-born player says. “Although the League is our priority, we will challenge strongly for the Nedbank Cup as well. We have shown immense character by playing consistently this season, save for a recent hiccup against Supersport United. If we display the same commitment in the Nedbank Cup, we will be among the strongest challengers.”
The Last 32 encounter is without doubt the toast of the first round. Interestingly, the two clubs still have fresh memories of winning the country’s two most lucrative cups, ironically both at the expense of Mamelodi Sundowns. The Urban Warriors won the last edition of the Absa Cup, while Amakhosi recently needed penalties to take the Telkom Knockout Cup to Naturena.
The long-serving Evans hopes that success can spur them on as well.
“Like in the ongoing season, we were definitely on a roll last campaign, and winning the Absa Cup did a lot of good for us. It gave us this confidence that we can strongly challenge for competitions, and more importantly win them.”