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Downs are dangerous - Fernandez 26/02/04
Sundowns host Kaizer Chiefs at the Odi Stadium on Sunday in possibly the most exciting game of the 15 Absa Cup first round games which take place around the country this weekend.

Chiefs number one Rowen Fernandez already envisages his team lifting the Absa Cup as they did earlier this season in the Coca Cola Cup tournament.

Fernandez spoke to SAsoccer365 about his expectations for Sunday's big game.

"It would have been fit for a final but this is the nature of cup competitions," said Fernandez. "You either get the big guys or the unknowns, and now we've got possibly the most dangerous team to play in our first game."

Downs are languishing in the bottom half of the Premiership while the Amakhosi are challenging for the league title.

"They may not have been playing to their potential in the league but I think they would see this as a good oppurtunity to redeem themselves.

"There's a very good cash incentive and every team will be doing their best to play for it and Sundowns are no different."

The 25 year-old has enjoyed a good season so far, winning the Coke Cup with Chiefs and playing a starring role in their league success thus far.

"Ted (Dumitru) has been good to me and I'm just making sure that I deliver the goods. I'm part of a fantastic team who have excellent players and the fight for a starting position is tough," said the former Wits stopper.

Asked for comment on his recent bicycle kick in their 1-1 draw with Jomo Cosmos, Fernandez chuckled.

"I knew that would come up. Look I told Derrick (Spencer) he must not hesitate to pass the ball to me when we're under pressure.

"When he passed the ball it kind of bobbled just before I connected with it and that resulted in the overhead kick, it's the first time I've done that in a game although I do do it a training now and again."

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Stars shoot into next round

Bucs book place in last 16

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Comfortable Win For Champions

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