FATHI GOING ALL OUT TO WIN LUCRATIVE ABSA CUP… SAYS HE EXPECTED WARRIORS DRAW
NAPSA Stars head coach Mohammed Fathi says his side will fight lucrative ABSA Cup which has more money the league.
The winner of the 2020 ABSA Cup will pocket K600 000 as compared to the league winners who will walk away with half a million.
“We work for money and glory so there is more money in ABSA Cup than the league so everyone wants to have it. It’s a big cup so if you want to win it you have to have muscle and have to be ready. We will fight for it,” Fathi told ZamFoot TV.
The Pensioners have been drawn against Kabwe Warriors in the quarter-finals and Fathi revealed that he expected the draw.
The former Warriors boss went on to say he actually told people close to him that his team would draw Warriors.
“I think to be honest expected this draw. I had a feeling when I was in Choma that we were going to play Kabwe Warriors and I disclosed to the people close to me. Playing Warriors am at home, We played them once in Kabwe beat them 3-1 but in Lusaka, it’s a different game, We know what we will do because we have to progress,” he said.
“Everyone is working very hard and we deserve to be where we are. We will make a plan for Warriors.”
Napsa won the cup in 2012 (when it was called the Barclays Cup). Fathi is taking it one game at a time and believes the team will have to fight to reclaim the title and should not mislead themselves before actually playing the match.
” I have to work for it. In football, if you say I am winning you want to go crazy. First, you work hard, Use your imagination and tricks to win the game because sometime during the game some things play a role and you need to adapt but if you put in your mind that you win the game even before you play it means you mislead yourself. What if the referee makes a mistake and frustrates your players so you have to be ready, Just work, Score goals and avoid frustrations, You win the game,” he said.
The other quarter-final matches will see defending Champions and record 6-time Champions Zesco United will face their city rivals Forest Rangers while Green Eagles will face their sister club Young Green Eagles.
2018 Champions Nkana will battle it out with rivals Kitwe United. The quarter-finals will be played on 21st March and 22nd March at Nkoloma with the semi-finals set for Arthur Davies Stadium on 9th May. The final will take place at Heroes Stadium on 13th June.
The winners of the Competition will pocket K600, 000 which is a 20% increment from last year’s K500 000 prize money. The individual awards have received a 25% increment while the runners up will get the K250 000 and teams are entitled to a K12 000 travel grant for away games.
2020 ABSA CUP Prize Monies
Winners – K600 000
Runners up – K250 000
Coach of the tournament – K20 000
Player of the tournament – K20 000
Man of the match – K10 000
Media awards -K200 000
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