Cape Town Spurs Assistant Coach Nathan Paulse says they will approach Friday’s Nedbank Cup last sixteen game against Cape Town All Stars, just like they would any other game.
The derby between the two Cape Town sides is an all GladAfrica Championship affair. Neither side have set the league alight this season, and that led to the exits of the Head Coaches who started the season with both clubs.
Dylan Deane parted ways with All Stars, and Sinethemba Badela, his assistant is currently leading the team
Similarly, Spurs said goodbye to Vladislav Heric and assistant Ian Taylor has since been appointed Head Coach, with Paulse as his second-in-charge.
All Stars, who are 10th in the GladAfrica, beat Bizana Pondo Chiefs 3-1 to reach the last 16.
15th-placed Spurs, are five points behind All Stars, although have a game in hand. They upset Baroka in the last round after teenage goalkeeper Lincoln Vyver’s heroics in a penalty shoot-out.
Paulse says that with such a congested season, they can’t look too far ahead, and are trying to keep the players grounded and focussed.
“No, I think you just approach it like any other game, and it’s starts at training,” Paulse told Cape Town Spurs TV.
“And that’s it has been our focus, because it’s been a very congested season, you can’t to look ahead, you need to be mindful of the fact that how you approach every day will most probably help you in a huge way towards the game. “
“And it’s exciting, especially for the young players, because it’s a cup game, you get to show yourself, but we are trying to instill that across every single game, – don’t choose when you want to turn it on, try to bring it every single day, in training.”
“Because it’s habits, that’s been an obstacle for certain players, young guys, because they excited about the cup game and sometimes it’s on TV, you can tell your families, but as a pro player you have to accept that every day you are here you get judged, not just when you’re playing a cup game.”
“So our approach will be the same. Go out there, work hard, when you don’t have the ball work hard for each other, when we have the ball, show yourself.”