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SA SOCCER NEWS
Santos Eyeing Coke Cup 23/09/03
Cape Town team Santos have been handed a very tricky first round draw against Kaizer Chiefs in the first round of the 2 million rand Coca Cola Cup.

However, the People's Team captain Edries Burton is happy with the draw and thinks that if his team can overcome the Amakhosi, then the win could provide the boost for Santos to go all the way in the competition.

"It's the type of challenge that is sure to bring out the best out of players. It's a tough fixture, but the positive side is that, by beating Chiefs, we will improve our own chances of lifting the cup. We would have cleared a major hurdle," Burton told the Cape Times.

An important factor is that the game will be played at the Athlone Stadium, a ground which the Amakhosi have never been able to set alight, despite always enjoying the majority of the crowd support, a fact which Chiefs goalkeeper Brian Baloyi is aware of.

"Santos will be a tough nut to crack in the Cape. But then again we have such a huge following there we'll feel like the home team anyway," he said.

The People's Team have not quite managed to find their rhythm on the playing fields yet, but are still sitting pretty on the Castle Premiership log in second place.

It is often a sign of a quality side when they can win matches without playing to their full ability and if Santos are able to start playing the type of football that they are capable of, they could find themselves amongst the top teams come the end of the season.

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