SUPERSPORT United midfielder, Reneilwe “Yeye” Letsholonyane, believes consistency will be key in their bid to win the Telkom Knockout.
Matsatsantsa a Pitori host PSL newcomers, Cape Town City, at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in their second cup final in seven months on Saturday (6pm).
The Tshwane side have been on a roll and have gone 14 matches unbeaten in all competitions.
Yeye, “at the ripe old age of 34”, has been a revelation since he rejoined his former Kaizer Chiefs mentor, Stuart Baxter, at Matsatsantsa this season.
He has rolled back the years, acting as the driving force in the midfield, and will be Baxter’s ace on Saturday.
Said Letsholonyane: “If you want to challenge for things, you obviously need to be consistent. We have been on a good run but we are level-headed. We know where we want to go and we have to keep working hard.”
Although SuperSport are running like a well-oiled machine, Eric Tinkler’s charges are also doing well. They currently lead the Absa Premiership, where they are three points ahead of Matsatsantsa.
Captain Lebogang Manyama, Bhongolethu Jayiya and Aubrey Ngoma have been instrumental in making City tick.
Letsholonyane, however, understands that they have to keep their feet firmly on the ground and not rely on past results against the rampant City.
“We won’t take it easy just because we beat Sundowns, Ajax and Pirates on the road to the final. This a different ball game and a difficult one for us. We respect them as a team but on Saturday it’s 11 versus 11,” said the former Bafana Bafana star.
Although he has won titles with his former club, Letsholonyane feels it is important to start collecting silverware with Matsatsantsa.
He added: “It’s a new environment, a new team I am playing for in my first cup final. I have only been here for four months and am in a cup final, that’s an achievement already. It serves as motivation for all of us that we are in this cup final.”
“I want to achieve things and that means winning trophies and medals.
“This is an opportunity for me to win this one. I joined SuperSport to be part of a winning team, not to make up the numbers. This is an opportunity to do that,” he said.