Speaking to snl24.com/kickoff after watching the Brazilians edge out AmaZulu 1-0 in the second semifinal at Olen Park at the weekend, Ndlazi remained unfazed by the fact that his side will be up against Sundowns, saying his players will be up to the challenge.
“For me, to have reached this stage of the tournament is already a great achievement. It is also a great experience for some of the youngsters, like Vusiwe Masondo and John Mbatha, who have not tasted such big game action in their careers. I think it is going to be a great final.
“Sundowns are a big team but by qualifying for the finals, it also means that we are a big team.
“While a number of my youngsters will be appearing in a final for the first time, the good thing is that I do have the likes of Eddie Dinha, Kabamba Musasa, Isaac Mabotsa and Mandla Zwane whose experience will prove vital.”
The former national Under-23 assistant coach has also thanked the local Mpumalanga municipality and the Premier of Mpumalanga for their continuous support that has assisted the team in achieving success.
“We want to ensure that we make the community of Mpumalanga happy.”
Ndlazi added that he will dedicate the Nedbank Final to all locally-born coaches in South Africa.
“This will be a message to club owners around the country to say give local coaches a chance with their teams.”
Ndlazi’s counterpart at Mamelodi Sundowns, Trott Moloto said he would have preferred to play against a PSL side rather than a team from the First Division.
“It is better to play against a team from the PSL that you know, than a team which you have limited information about.
“I have watched them play only once and that was not enough to study how they play. However, we will go out there and give our best performance.”