Thursday Mar 09, 2023. 14:37
Marumo Gallants interim coach Raymond Mdaka has revealed there is a new belief in the team that they can go on to make more history in the CAF Confederation Cup this season.
Bahlabane Ba Ntwa have signalled their intentions on the continent after beating USM Alger 2-0 at the Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday to reclaim top spot in Group A.
Gallants have impressed on their debut in the group stages, winning three of their opening four matches and Mdaka claims his players have a real desire to go as far as possible in the competition.
“The players have the hunger to go beyond, they want to see what is there. If they have it as players then it becomes easy for the team to put it up there,” he said in the post-match press conference.
“All we want is to qualify [for the knockout stages], that’s all we want whether we qualify as the first or the second team, it’s all the same.
“We are left with two teams, we are going to Libya and then the Congo team that’s coming. It’s a matter of six points, out of the six points if we can have four we definitely come out on top.”
Gallants have struggled domestically this term and find themselves propping up the table in the DStv Premiership with eight games remaining in the campaign.
However, Mdaka is convinced they can avoid the drop by replicating their continental form in the South African top flight.
“That’s what we are believing, if a team is losing then it will lose confidence but the more you are winning the more you will gain confidence,” he added.
“With the way, we are playing now under difficult circumstances and we can get results. It is a motivation on its own to the boys and it makes us believe that we can survive domestically.”