Mokoro: 'Absa Cup tougher than ever'

Moroka Swallows attacking midfielder Tsweu Mokoro believes the added incentives in the 2006/07 Absa Cup have made the competition tougher than it was before.

Mokoro was speaking ahead of the 'Beautiful Birds' last 32 Absa Cup encounter against Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates at Potchefstroom Stadium this Saturday afternoon.

"Individual players will try hard to get their hands on the Player of the Tournament prize (R250,000), whilst the clubs will be looking to win the much improved prize money," Mokoro told the official Swallows website.

He added: "And the fact that most PSL teams are pitted against one another makes this year's Absa Cup more interesting. Just like the previous years, the cup promises more upsets as small teams try to advance to the lucrative stages of the tournament.

"For us, we are facing a Pirates side which we have always given problems. I mean everybody knows that they were lucky to get away with a draw the last time we met.

"This time not even luck can save them from losing against us. We want to give our supporters something to cheer about at the end of the season, what better way than to give them the Absa Cup?"

Swallows, of course, will pin their hopes on the likes of Songwe Chalwe, Henrico Botes, Lefa Tsutsulupa, Cecil Oersen and Mame Niang, all of whom boast plenty of goal-scoring abilities.

"Mame gave them torrid time the last time we met them. Their defenders could not contain him and we are hoping that he will be the key for us to beat Pirates," concluded Mokoro.

Mokoro will miss the Pirates encounter due to an injury, but the talented midfielder will resume training with the team next week.


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