De Nobrega: Nobody gave us a chance

De Nobrega: Nobody gave us a chance
Vasco Da Gama coach Tony de Nobrega

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Apr 17, 2015. 09:56

Following the Nedbank Cup semifinal draw on Sunday afternoon against Mamelodi Sundowns, Vasco Da Gama coach Tony De Nobrega says his boys can’t wait for Ke Yona match.

The Cape Town-based National First Division outfit beat Winners Park 3-2 in the Last 32, defeated Maluti FET College by 3-0 in the Last 16 and booted fellow NFD side Black leopards by 3-2 in the quarterfinals last weekend.

Looking at their semifinal assignment against the Brazilians, the former Bloemfontein Celtic coach said they welcome the draw and will prepare accordingly.

“We welcome the draw and it’s not going to be easy we know, but we’ll go there and give it our best,” said the 46-year-old.

“I believe there’s nobody giving us a chance even now as nobody did against Leopards in the previous round.

“Sundowns are the best club in the country and I must be honest, it’s not going to be easy but we’ll fight for it.

“My players are ready and looking forward to the match, it’s going to be a great opportunity for the players to compete against the best.”

Speaking about their match in Thohoyandou, the coach said nobody gave them a chance against Lidoda Duvha and they went on to fight for a 3-2 win.

“Look, the game was tough in Thohoyandou, tough conditions and a tough venue but we fought back,” added De Nobrega.

“Nobody gave us a chance, but we defied all odds and came back twice to emerge victorious by 3-2 - I think my players showed character.

“Credit must go to them because Leopards beat Kaizer Chiefs and we were ruled out, however, we showed a big heart and won.”

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