Moleko has a point to prove in Macufe cup

2012-10-12 14:25

Kaizer Chiefs defender Kgotso Moleko hopes to shine against his former club when Amakhosi square up to Bloemfontein Celtic in the annual Macufe Cup match at Free State Stadium on Sunday.

Moleko, who joined Chiefs at the start of the season, scored one of the spot kicks for Celtic in a penalty shootout when the hosts lifted the cup for only the second time in 2010.

The Soweto giants, who are top of the Premiership standings after seven matches, are gunning for their fifth victory since the inaugural cup match was played in 2004, but Moleko expected his former outfit to put up a fight.

“I’m feeling the pressure already, knowing the hostility of Celtic supporters at home,” Moleko said.

“They always demand the best results against Chiefs.

“The game challenges me to give a good performance for my new coach, Stuart Baxter.”

Chiefs, the defending Macufe Cup champions, were held to a goalless draw against Celtic in a league clash last week.

Celtic coach Clinton Larsen hoped his players, buoyed by that performance, would take advantage of a depleted Chiefs outfit.

Amakhosi will be without some of their key performers for the friendly cup clash.

Siphiwe Tshabalala, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Erick Mathoho, Itumeleng Khune, George Lebese and in-form striker Bernard Parker will all be absent while on international duty with Bafana Bafana.

With Celtic skipper Thabo Nthethe also forming part of the national squad, Larsen said his side were not taking the visitors lightly.

“It is great to participate in the Macufe Cup,” Larsen said.

“It is a big festival and also a great opportunity for young players to showcase their talent at a big event against a quality side like Chiefs.

“We are expecting a tough game, as always, despite Chiefs being without six players.”

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