'Underdog tag' helping FC Cape Town

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Little notice has been given to the modest Coastal Stream outfit that has negotiated its way into the quarterfinals of the lucrative knockout tournament.

“It’s sweet music that we are in the last eight. We are the dark horses and it is encouraging that we have quietly progressed without conceding a goal in the competition and hopefully we will continue to do so because the players are all motivated by what is on offer,” says Ferreira whose side has beaten Dynamos, Durban Stars and Winners Park all with 1-0 margins.

“Our biggest test was our first game in the cup when we won away to Dynamos in Limpopo in the preliminary round. That game immediately highlighted the fact that that anything is possible in the cup and gave us confidence.

“We have gone into every game that we have played in the cup as underdogs and that has helped ease the pressure on us.

“Against Winners Park we suffocated them in the midfield and played a tactical game in the first 40 minutes. The strategy was to balance the midfield because Park are so organised in the centre with quick attacking players, like Dolph Khesa and Phikolethu Spelman. It was bound to be a game won by a single goal because it was evenly balanced,” says Ferreira, a former coach of Avendale Athletico and African Wanderers.

Ferreira says they are ready to face a PSL team, but adds that he is hoping to avoid Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns.

“We need to play a PSL side to build confidence. Santos appears very dangerous at the moment but I feel we are familiar with them as we regularly play friendly games against them.”

Of the eight teams remaining three are from the First Division – Black Aces, Nathi Lions and FC Cape Town while Sundowns, Stars, AmaZulu, Black Leopards and Santos are all in top flight.