BIDVEST Wits must not expect a walk in the park in Polokwane when they travel to Limpopo for the last 16 round of the Nedbank Cup, Writes NAKAMPE LEKWADU
This was a clear message from Jacky “Mama’s Baby” Ledwaba, the coach of ABC Motsepe club, Magesi FC who have been drawn at home against The Clever Boys at the venue and date still to be confirmed.
In an exclusive interview with Sports Focus, Ledwaba said have been drawn against the Premiership side in Wits’ caliber is bit challenging but they will do their best in this match.
“We are excited about the draw because this kind of matches against the bigger clubs will help us a long way in terms of giving our players the taste of a competitive match level, something we need to boost our performance in our league campaign,” pointed out the once PSL’s Golden Boot Award recipient while still playing for AmaZulu.
Ledwaba said the fact that they are the host in this match will give more advantage as their needy supporters will not worry about travelling to long distance to come and watch them play in this match as Polokwane where we are likely to host Wits is not really that far.
“Our wishes however was to play right at Ga-Matlala, the village which is our home venue but that dream will not be realized as our stadium there is not up to the standard for this kind of a match,” added Ledwaba.
The club captain, Karabo Selaelo said they respect Wits as a big club doing well in the league but that does not mean they are afraid of them
“We respect them for who they are, but in the field of play we will put that respect aside and do what we are paid for. We are equally desperate to win this match and proceed to the last 8 of this competition just like Baroka did in 2011, and that will also do as good as we will be seen as true ambassadors of our province,” said Selaelo.
Magesi (log leagers in the SAFA-Limpopo’s ABC Motsepe League) was established in 2011 after owner, Sello Mathebula bought the status of the once Limpopo’s pride club, Peace Lovers before he could relocate the club to Mabokelele village outside Moletji and renamed it Magesi FC. The club plays their home matches at the local stadium at Mathapo village which is in the boundaries between Moletji and Matlala villages outside Polokwane.
This is Magesi’ second qualification in the Nedbank Cup, and in their first time they were knocked out of the competition in the first round (last 32) by Jomo Cosmos who beat them 2-0.