Nyandoro says 'don't pop the champagne yet'


Although pundits predict a stroll in the park for the in-form Brazilians, Nyandoro describes the match as one of the toughest matches for Sundowns this season, saying Aces has proved themselves to be no pushovers.

“It is a final and anything can happen,” says the Zimbabwean international whose spectacular strike against AmaZulu ensured Sundowns’ passage to the May 31 final.

“Many believe we will have it easy against Aces, but I differ. To me, this is one of the toughest games for Sundowns in 2007/08,” Nyandoro tells KickOff.com.

“Aces have given a good account of themselves in the competition and the fact that they reached the final underlines their capabilities. Aces are a quality side and to me, their standard of play is higher than First Division football. As such, we cannot take them for granted.”

Nyandoro says his side has to maintain its current form in order to win the tournament and make up for an underachieving season by their standards.

The midfielder adds that lack of confidence among fellow players is the reason why the local Premiership is starved of world-class goals like the one he hammered in against Usuthu on Sunday.

Nyandoro let loose an unstoppable first time shot from 30 meters out, that whistled into the top corner to give Kalililo Kakonje no chance. He earned the Man-of-the-Match Award for his effort.

That 66th minute strike, a Nyandoro trademark, is a contender for Goal of the Tournament.

“It all boils down to confidence and self belief. Locally, players lack those attributes, which is why they seem to be afraid to take their chances from that sort of range. Practice is also an important factor,” he says.

The Zimbabwean international, scorer of the 2004 African Nations Cup Goal of the tournament, has scored similar long-range strikes in recent seasons.

“It is exciting to return to the goal-scoring charts, especially in that fashion. I am not a regular scorer so it is special to weigh in with such a goal. However, to me it is all about team glory than individual glory. The most important thing is that the team, not the individual, is the biggest winner. Scoring is only a bonus,” says Nyandoro.