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Dan ‘Dance’ dances for the chance to relive Nedbank Cup 2016 memories

Dan “Dance” Malesela and his Marumo Gallants charges dancing all the way to the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup just might see another fairytale script for Malesela in the Cup of Dreams, who had previously defied the odds by winning it with a first division side.

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After they managed to beat Orlando Pirates 5-4 on penalties after the teams finished 1-1 in the last 16 round in extra-time at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday, no doubt memories of a remarkable run with TS Galaxy in 2016, where they beat Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the Ke Yona Cup came back into his head.

But there is still a long way to go for Gallants, but Malesela was happy to see his side move on to the next stage of the tournament, but revealed it wasn’t easy going up against Bucs.

“Look, it was a very difficult game. It could have gone either way in the 90 minutes. We tried to play a little bit during extra time, towards the end of the 90 and 30 minutes of extra time. But it could have gone either way and to be honest they had more chances than us. Well, a few half chances and that sort of thing. But we also had our chances and we had the most eye-catching at the end of the game that we couldn’t convert,” said the Gallants coach.

“But we appreciate that in the end we won the game on penalties. It doesn’t matter, if you win the game, you win the game, we would have liked to have won it in the 90’s and not have gone into extra time.”

Malesela congratulated his team for their fighting spirit, especially goalkeeper King Ndlovu, who saved Linda Mntambo’s sudden death sentence before the shot stop scored the winning goal.

“We appreciate the effort the guys put in, it wasn’t easy and we hope it will continue (to win tough matches). The character of the guys is so huge. We also appreciate the goalkeeper and the courage to say, ‘Guys, I don’t want you to miss anymore, let me score’.”

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