Blackburn prepare for a tough Giyani strip

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National First division outfit Blackburn Rovers will put their league campaign ambitions on hold this weekend when they travel to Giyani to face last year’s Nedbank Cup runners-up, Black Leopards at the Giyani stadium on Saturday night in the Nedbank Cup last 32 clash.

The East London based side has gone unbeaten since the start of 2012 and a good cup run is expected according to team captain, Bafana Nhlapo.

The team leader has emphasized the importance of causing an upset against Leopards as most people would expect the Lidoda Duvha to come out tops.

Nhlapo expressed his excitement with the return of key striker, Thandolwethu Prins, from injury. The striker has been prolific in front of goals and his goal scoring prowess will be expected according to the keeper.

Causing an upset against Leopards

“We have had a good run of late and that has been down to hard work. It’s going to be vital for us to settle down early in Giyani and stamp our authority in the match. We are all expecting a good run in the Nedbank Cup and it will all start with our trip to Giyani.

“We are aware that everyone is expecting Leopards to win, but we are ready to fight to ensure that we go to the next round. No one is expecting that outcome, but we will make sure that the job is done.”

Leopards quality

“We do not pay too much attention to what they do. Instead we are more focused on our game plan, what we are going to do on the day.

“In the end what will matter won’t be the results of the previous game, but what you do on the field of play come match day. We are fully aware what they are capable of.”

Giyani a tough trip

“We are fine wherever we play. At the end of the day it will be eleven against eleven. We are fully aware that the heat will be a factor, but we have gone to those parts of the country before and got the results that we wanted.”

The return of Prins

The whole team will be boosted with his return. He has done well for us and I hope he will definitely continue banging in the goals for us.

“At the end of the day getting promotion will always be our number one priority, but we see the Nedbank Cup just as important to having a successful season.

We have seen in the past what such tournaments have done for other teams and we hope to do the same thing and that will be achieved if we go all the way.”