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Hunt Aiming for CAF Cup 11/06/04
Moroka Swallows coach Gavin Hunt revealed the Birds are determined to beat Manning Rangers in Sunday's ABSA Cup final because it carries an extra incentive.

The winners of the ABSA Cup will automatically qualify for the lucrative CAF Cup next season, a competition Hunt insists Swallows should have been in for the past two seasons.

Although Swallows are favourites to beat Manning Rangers on Sunday, Hunt conceded that it won't be an easy match.

"It certainly won't be easy," said Hunt. "It's a one-off game so we'll see."

"We'll set our stall out and play our way."

The Birds coach is also fuming with the decision to play the final on the same pitch a day after the rugby test between South Africa and Ireland.

"There will be lines all over the show," said Hunt.

Meanwhile, Rangers coach Steve Komphela will be hoping his side can continue their good form of late, which has seen them finish the league by winning three of their last five matches, while Swallows have only one of their last five.

"To be honest it's nice to be looked on as the underdog," said Rangers coach Steve Komphela on Thursday.

"I don't want to put the players under pressure. Gavin Hunt has taken Swallows to two cup finals this season (they also reached the SAA Supa 8 final, which they lost to Jomo Cosmos).

"(But) on Sunday we will have to see if we can bring glory and pride to ourselves."

Komphela will be looking to strike duo Kerryn Jordan and Alton Meiring, who are also the competition's leading scorers with five goals each, to make their mark on the match.

"Looking at what has happened so far, I think we can guarantee a goal," said Komphela.

"The question is how we defend."

And for a side that has conceded 52 goals in 30 league games this season, that is certainly a question worth posing as Swallows will be hoping to secure their first trophy since the 1991 Bob Save Super Bowl.

 

 

 

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