ON a big stage and in big games Judas Moseamedi shines.
Will he fix the country again on Sunday?
“I’ll just play the same way I have played against them,” said Moseamedi on Wednesday outside Harry Gwala Stadium referring to the Telkom Knockout semis win over Kaizer Chiefs last month.
The Team of Choice will host runner away leaders Chiefs in the Absa Premiership match at Harry Gwala Stadium. They face a Soweto giants whom they last defeated in the league match on 11 March 2015 at home.
This game comes a week later after Maritzburg lost 2-1 in the TKO final to Mamelodi Sundowns last weekend.
En route to the final, Moseamedi was the star of the show. The 25-year-old powerful striker scored twice as Midlands club dumped record winners Amakhosi out of the competition.
It was the match that Moseamedi was buzzing, untouchable and could have gone home with more than four goals as he missed few clear cut chances.
The Tzannen-born burly striker from Limpopo then scored the opening the goal for Maritzburg in the final this past weekend to see the team’s dream of winning their first ever trophy in the PSL come alive.
However, Sundowns had other ideas. Mauricio Affonso canceled all that as he scored twice to guide the Tshwane giants to lift their second TKO trophy. Moseamedi thought he had equalised in last minute but he was flagged offside, much to his surprise.
“But it is good thing that people are talking about me, like praising me,” added Moseamedi who has only scored one league goal this season.
“It helps you to grown but you have to be humbled and hope you don’t drop the performance.
“But it is not only a big teams that I’m performing well. I think I become more luckiest when I’m playing against big teams. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”
The upturn around of fortunes sounds all surreal to Moseamedi. In the first half of the last season, Cape Town City loaned him to Free State State.
He only scored once in 14 games appearances before that loan was cut short in January. He went back to City and the Mother City club spoke to former coach Eric Tinkler at Maritzburg to loan him for the remainder of the season.
Maritzburg struggled last season and finished second from bottom to go to the Play-offs. Moseamedi repaid Tinkler’s faith.
He scored one of the important goal in a 2-0 win over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzihvadila in the second match of the mini league to set tone. Maritzburg were just a step ahead as they become the first club to win all four Play-offs games in the PSL.
“Where I am it has been the help of my technical staff, teammates. I have to be thankful to them,” revealed Moseamedi