Cape Town - Cape Town City goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh has credited his penalty shootout heroics in their MTN8 semi-final win over Mamelodi Sundowns to preparation.
Leeuwenburgh saved penalties from Toni Silva and Tebogo Langerman to lead City to a 4-2 victory on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate draw, sending them to their second consecutive MTN8 final against SuperSport United.
Speaking to SuperSport after the match, the goalkeeper, who City signed from Ajax Amsterdam in the off-season, said: "It can only mean one thing, we're gonna win this cup.
"We're a young club, we need to create history. This is an amazing opportunity to create history, so let's go for it."
On the shootout success, Leeuwenburgh revealed: "We did our homework, last week I spoke to our goalkeeper coach a few times [saying]; you know we go straight to penalties if we lose 1-0. Well that's what happened.
"The four guys who scored [in the penalties] did an amazing job. They made it easy for me, I'm very happy.
"We watched as many penalties as possible of Mamelodi Sundowns. I think that's part of being a professional goalkeeper. It's possible that it's going to happen, so we did our homework well and it payed off."
City interestingly seemed to identify a weakness of goalkeeper Denis Onyango thanks to the experience of former Sundowns player Teko Modise.
The 35-year-old midfielder directed his spot-kick high to Onyango's right with all of City's following spot-kicks going in the same direction.
Rusike, who took the following kick for City seemed to thank Modise when pointing to him as he celebrated his goal. Benni McCarthy admitted that his side had identified that Onyango seemed to be stronger on his left than his right side where City placed all their penalties.
"They did see that Denis is much stronger going onto his left [side], so we just figured if we hit it to his right we might be in with a chance."Fortunately no one forgot what was spoken and they all went to Denis' right, they did their homework so it's well deserved."