NB La Masia head coach Daine Klate is looking forward to facing Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup last 32, labeling the tie as a David vs Goliath clash.
The match will be hosted at Dobsonville Stadium today.
The odds are stacked against LA Masia, as their opponents are unbeaten in the 2023/34 season.
La Masia booked their place in the last 32 after defeating Baroka in the qualifying round.
Klate believes his inexperienced side have a chance of punching above their weight in this tie.
“It’s a big occasion, a good experience for La Masia, it’s a David and Goliath situation, for us it’s an honour to face Mamelodi Sundowns to see where we are as a team.
“It’s the perfect opportunity to test ourselves against one of the best in South Africa if not Africa’s best,” Klate responded to the media during the press conference in Parktown.
Klate declined to agree on the notion that Sundowns are at their weakest since their key players are yet to be fully intergrated with the squad having partaken in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
“When you talk about hope, we have to have hope, we beat Baroka with 10 men, we went down three times and beat them in the penalty shootout.
“So again we can have that point of reference, I don’t think Sundowns can be weakened they have a full squad that has the aspiration to win trophies on the world stage, win the Champions League and play in the FIFA Club World Cup,” insisted the ex-Chippa United coach.
Klate says their primary target is securing promotion to the PSL. He emphasised that they’ll give the reigning league champions a run for their money.
“Our ambition is to get in the PSL, where Sundowns is currently, I don’t think there’s a lack of hope, there should always be hope. We can’t go into a game and just roll over and say we’re playing Sundowns.
“It’s my duty as a coach and technical team, myself and Moeneeb [Josephs] to encourage these boys and motivate them as much as they can to show heart and passion tomorrow,” said Klate.