Amakhosi captain vows to break Bucs’ grip on the cup
Knowledge Musona or not, Lucky Lekgwathi is determined to lift the Carling Black Label Cup for the third time in a row.
But Itumeleng Khune and his magic gloves, which lifted two trophies last season, stand in his way.
With Orlando Pirates having won the first two editions, Lekgwathi says he wants to make history by lifting it for the third time in a row.
But the Kaizer Chiefs captain has vowed to stop Pirates from retaining the trophy.
“Their chance has come and gone and we know if they win it this time it is theirs to keep, but that won’t happen,” said Khune. He added that he was grateful for the millions of votes he got from fans to become the overall most-voted-for player, with more than 2 million votes.
“This means a lot to me and it shows how I am valued. I am really honoured and humbled by this.”
In the previous Carling Black Label Cup matches, Pirates triumphed over their archrivals on penalties.
But the arrival of Musona, on a yearlong loan deal from German Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, has given the Amakhosi faithful something to brag about, saying he will torment Lekgwathi as he did in the old days.
But Musona was still way behind in the votes, as Bernard Parker and Lehlohonolo Majoro look set to start.
So, at present, it seems the Zimbabwean hit man might come on as a substitute.
The Bucs skipper is less worried about Zimbabwe’s silent assassin.
“I have played against him in a few matches and I got the better of him, except in one game when I was playing out of position at left back.
“You know, supporters will always remember the worst game one had and forget I marked him out of the game before,” said Lekgwathi.
After missing last night’s CAF Champions League clash with the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s AC Léopards, Lekgwathi said he was looking forward to Saturday’s Soweto derby.
The game might just be a friendly, but Lekgwathi knows what it means to both sets of supporters.
“There are no friendly games between us and Chiefs, because our supporters will never forgive us if we lose against them.”
Chiefs will today play the winner of a game between the University of Pretoria and Bloemfontein Celtic in the final of the Gauteng Cup at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Amakhosi coach Stuart Baxter said they would be without the most-voted-for Chiefs defender, Eric Mathoho, who is out with a finger injury.
With the sold-out sign going up a fortnight ago, the derby promises to be a thriller, just what the supporters have been thirsting for in the past two months.
Supporters might not get to see their most-voted-for players in action as Siyabonga Sangweni and Morgan Gould have just began light training and coaches would not want to risk them in a preseason friendly game.
Sangweni is the Pirates defender with the most votes.
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