So late into the season Matsatsantsa are the only local team still involved in three competitions – the league, the Nedbank Cup and the CAF Confederation Cup.
In the Confederation Cup they are into the group stages with DR Congo powerhouse TP Mazembe, Gabonese club CF Mounana and Horoya AC of Guinea their opponents from May 12-July 9, while they face off with Chippa United in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup.
While their chances of winning the league have already sunk they can still have a say in deciding how the top order finishes off with games against Kaizer Chiefs tonight and then Cape Town City still to play.
“Football is our job. The more we play, the more happy we get to be,” Phala tells snl24.com/kickoff.
“We don’t want to have a break because all we want is to play. The more competitions there are, the more silverware there is for us to challenge for and the more money we can make for our families. So we are happy that we are still in the three competitions and hopefully we can come out with something out of all of them.
“In Africa we must carry on with the job and keep on challenging which means we will have to take it seriously. In the group stages it is all in our hands because we know what we do with the points that we need unlike a knockout game. We will definitely be challenging for it,” he says.
The stocky attacking midfielder adds that with their confidence so high at the moment following wins over Chiefs and Bidvest Wits they want to continue winning tonight to remain relevant in the order of events at the top.
“Beating teams positioned above us on the standings keeps us relevant. The confidence is high right now and we hope to carry on with that. We have a big say in the league especially when we still have to play two teams above us. If we beat them it twists things a bit for all other parties involved,” reasons Phala.