Amavarara are ready to shoulder the weight of representing the province in the biggest cup competition in South African soccer.
“We are now representing the province,” said Lusapho Mzwakali, chairman of the club which was the first in Chris Hani to play in the Nedbank Cup round of 32.
Last week the club drew a fellow ABC Motsepe team from Bloemfontein, Super Eagles FC.
Amavarara won the draw to host the match but it will not be played in Chris Hani as none of the fields qualify to host matches in this round of the competition.
“We have submitted an application to play the game at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane. Unfortunately none of the fields we submitted made the cut,” said Mzwakali.
Mzwakali was unconcerned about the moving of the game outside the region, saying the team was focusing on progressing to the last 16.
“The draw is both difficult and nice. It is nice because we are playing a team we have a good chance of beating. It is difficult because we now have to focus on keeping the players motivated and focused for the game. If we had been against a big team, the only worry would have been fitness.
“We now have to keep them focused and understanding the task at hand.”
Amavarara, who have had a run of three games without a win, are currently in sixth place on the log. The team parted with its coach, Thomas Tshabalala, in November.
However it was a return to the familiar with the team rehiring its former coach, Mzunani Mgwigwi. Mzwakali said the change in the technical staff would not affect the team in the tournament.
“Those things don’t affect us. The team is the same. He (Mgwigwi) trained those boys, they grew up under his tutelage. In fact the change will be positive for the team.”
Super Eagles are currently second on the Free State ABC Motsepe log. They have only lost one game all season. The match between the two teams will be on February 8.