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Da Gama hopes it's third-time lucky against Chiefs

Highlands Park head coach Owen Da Gama

Highlands Park head coach Owen Da Gama is eager to get one over Kaizer Chiefs when the two teams clash in the next round of the Nedbank Cup.

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The Lions of the North have struggled against the league leaders so far this season, losing 3-2 at home in their opening game of the season before a 3-0 drubbing at FNB Stadium last month.

Despite the back-to-back defeats Da Gama reckons his charges may surprise the Soweto giants when they lock horns in the Nedbank Cup round of 16 on 22 February.

"You always want the smaller teams [in the Cup draw]. I think everybody was looking for smaller teams. Top teams wanted smaller clubs and got their wishes during the draw," Da Gama told Sowetan.

"The most important thing is, we played Chiefs twice and they have beaten us twice. We learned a lot from them and even now when we play them for the third time, we will learn and grow more as a team.

"Maybe third-time lucky."

Reflecting on the first two encounters, Da Gama added: "The first defeat was narrow; they scored a winner in the last minute. The second match, it was not a true reflection of the game. I think we had a lot of injuries and we had an unsettled team.

"But for now, we know what the draw is and we are totally focused on our league game against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday, and we will start thinking about Chiefs later."