FORMER Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs and current SuperSport United ambassador Jabu “Shuffle” Mahlangu is urging the community of Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, to attend today’s Nedbank Ke Yona Cup final game in large numbers.
SuperSport will face Nedbank Ke Yona Team at the Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton (3pm).
Shuffle was born and raised in the streets of Daveyton, and he says this is a great opportunity for his hometown community.
He told SunSports “I want to thank Nedbank and SuperSport for bringing this big event to Daveyton, the home of diski!
“This township has produced so many great players and has been starving of some top-class football. I’ll be there and hope fans will come in big numbers.”
Matsatsantsa are the holders of the Nedbank Cup after they defeated Orlando Pirates in the final at the end of last season.
Head coach Stuart Baxter will use the game to fine-tune his players after a rather
luke-warm start to the season.
United lost their first two matches to Platinum Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns.
“United have lots of quality players who need some game time to improve. We could also play Tefu Mashamaite after he was signed this week.
“I know United will take this game very seriously. A lot will be at stake,” he added.
The retired dribbling wizard, who also turned out for Pirates and SV Mattersburg in Austria, said this was a great opportunity for youngsters in the Ke Yona Team.
Shuffle went on: “I remember when I joined Chiefs, as a young player, every match felt like a cup final – because I wanted to show people my talents.
“I don’t want to put pressure on the youngsters, they should just go out there and enjoy themselves.
This is a big stage and it’s about the result, about putting up great performance and gauging how far you’ve come as a player.
“I know this tournament has afforded some up-and-coming players contracts with PSL clubs. I also believe in the people of my kasi to make this a success.
We saw that with the MultiChoice Diski Challenge, and today I’m certain it’ll be a full house. We miss soccer in Daveyton,” he said.