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Macedonian cup final preview

altRabotnicki and Teteks held press-conference today ahead of the cup-final.

The D-day for Rabotnicki and Teteks has arrived. Tomorrow, at 16.00 CET, on the National Arena Philip II of Macedon both teams will be fighting for the cup champions title. Teteks for the first time in history, Rabotnicki for the third time. Both teams are ready and well-prepared and both coaches will be looking to choose from almost full squads.

Zoran Stratev, Rabotnicki’s coach, told the media that the only absent player for Rabotnicki will be the Brazilian Wandeir who has returned to Brazil because of personal reasons. Stratev has pointed out that he and Teteks’ coach Toni Jakimovski are familiar with these matches but from a slightly different position. Stratev was Cementarnica’s coach in 2003 when Cementarnica won the cup, while Toni Jakimovski was then part of Cementarnica’s squad but as a player. ‘In the cup final, the whole tacticcan be blown in just one or two minutes. It is solely down to the players to get on the pitch, give everything they can and win the cup’ – stated Stratev. He was asked for the rumors that are quickly spreading about the possible calculations of the teams considering one name (Slobodan Vujčić – Braco) is linked to both teams. Stratev denied such speculations and promised that his players will give 100% to win the cup final. Serbian Radenko Bojović, Rabotnicki’s captain, has said that he wants to lift the trophy after the match. ‘The big trophy, not the smaller one’ – he precised.

Toni Jakimovski and Darko Savevski, Teteks’ representatives, have shown the respect they have for Rabotnicki but also told they will be looking to complete Teteks history with this amazing chance. In the same season when they started playing in the first league, they can win the cup and can gain a spot in Europa League. Looking back at the cup, Teteks can be one of the happier sides that Makedonija GP decided to boycott the championship considering that both teams should have played a return leg from the cup, after the first match in Skopje which Makedonija has won it with 2:0. 

Road to the final – Rabotnicki

Kozuf – Rabotnicki 0:5
Fortuna – Rabotnicki 0:9 (after 0:3 official result)
Rabotnicki – Renova 5:0
Pelister – Rabotnicki 1:1 (5:6 after penalties)

Road to the final – Teteks

Prevalec – Teteks 0:4
Belasica – Teteks 1:4
Makedonija Gorce Petrov – Teteks 2:3 (after 0:3 official result)
Teteks – Skopje 2:1

Main referee for this match will be Vladimir Kiprijanovski, live broadcast will be shown on the Macedonian national television and Macedonian radio.

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