Free State Stars aim to end 24-year Cup drought

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Free State Stars defender Patrick Phungwayo is confident of victory over Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup semifinal encounter at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium Saturday night.

Thirty-year-old Phungwayo says they are determined to end a 24-year Cup drought at Stars.

Phungwayo was part of the Orlando Pirates team which lost 4-1 to SuperSport United in last year’s Nedbank Cup final.

Stars haven’t reached a Cup final in 19 years, but are determined to win this year’s Nedbank Cup and ultimately play in the CAF Confederation Cup next year.

Phungwayo says he’s aware of the tough task ahead.

“Nobody gave us a chance at the beginning of the season. And I think what you are saying is specifically what we believe in.  In the semi-final no one has an upper hand because at the end of the day it is who is going to grind out more results to go to the final. And of course this season we’ve shown as players that we can compete with any team.  I think we are capable of reaching the final.”