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Super Eagles v Free State Stars

Free State Stars go head-to-head with National First Division side Super Eagles in a Nedbank Cup last 32 clash at Goble Park this Saturday.

The Antonio Flores-coached side secured their place in this round of the competition by virtue of a 3-0 defeat of Black Leopards in December 2017.

Stars, though will be looking to cut short their involvement in the Nedbank Cup and secure their position in the last 16.

Ea Lla Koto are currently flying high in the Premiership, in third place with 32 points, just one point behind Orlando Pirates and six adrift of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Luc Eymael led Stars to a 2-0 win over Baroka last time out, while the 13th-placed Eagles, are without a win in three matches, last losing 1-0 to Mbombela United in the NFD.

Ahead of the match, Stars captain Paulus Masehe said the club would not underestimate their opponents, while, Super Eagles coach Flores knows just how tricky this encounter will be for his side.

Masehe said on this website: "We will not be underestimating Super Eagles, we are taking each and every match equally serious.

“We are all aware and witnessed in the past what the lower teams can do to a PSL team. The team is more than ready.

“We have played a few friendly matches against them and we came out victorious, but we cannot read too much into the friendly matches. Saturday it will be a different ball game.

"I must say the pressure is on us as they have got nothing to lose, but we will make sure that we finish the match in the 90 minutes, and have the bragging rights at the end of the match."

Flores, who took over at Eagles in November, having previously coached Lesotho side Lioli FC, added on SuperSport: "It will be a difficult game for the team. Stars are experienced and doing well in the Absa Premiership, but this is a cup game and anything is possible.

“We know them and I can tell you it will be an open game because cup games are like that. We are ready, we have prepared for the match.

“We are not playing for points now and that means we must try and convert all our chances. That has been our downfall in the league as we fail to score after playing good football.

“I hope football will be the winner on the day because I am expecting a good, open affair against Stars.”

Tickets will be available at the stadium at 16H00 at a cost of R40 for adults and R15 children. The gates opens at 17H00.