CAPE Town City fullback Thamsanqa Mkhize says the club has enough firepower to claim MTN8 honours ahead of SuperSport United.
The two clubs meet in the Wafa Wafa final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday (7pm).
The Durban-born Mkhize says the Citizens are ready to do the double over Matsatsantsa a Pitori. Last time these two teams met in a cup final was last season’s Telkom Knockout, where City walked away with the trophy.
Said Mkhize: “Obviously SuperSport have proved to be cup specialists. But we managed to beat them last season and I believe we have a shot to do so again on Saturday. We are going there with full respect for them, we know what they have achieved over the years, but we want this one.
“Everyone is ready. We will be the champions come end of the match on Saturday.”
Just like his club, Mkhize will be playing in a cup final for the second time in his career, having helped City win the Knockout. He said what he was experiencing now felt exactly the same as last season’s maiden final.
The fact that Mkhize helped City win the Knockout under head coach Eric Tinkler, who is now the SuperSport coach, adds a little more spice to the final.
“I’m anxious but looking forward to the match. It’s the very same feeling I had when my first cup final lay ahead.
“Not everyone is lucky enough to play and win a cup final.
“I feel lucky and want to win this one just like I did last season. I know it won’t be easy but with determination anything is possible,” said Mkhize.
He made his debut for Bafana Bafana last Saturday when they beat Burkina Faso 3-1 in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. The former Maritzburg United defender ended the match with a knock to his right thigh, however.
He said: “It wasn’t serious, I’m fine and ready to play on Saturday. I want to thank Bafana coach Stuart Baxter for the opportunity to showcase my talent in the national team.
“When I got selected to start, I was nervous and at the same time happy. I was nervous because I didn’t want to disappoint the coach who believed in me. I think at the end of the day I did well in my debut and that experience will help me in my career.”