Patrick “Safe Hands” Tignyemb believes his club has what it takes to win the Telkom Knockout trophy on Saturday.
Celtic will battle it out against Mamelodi Sundowns in the final of the competition at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
“We are ready for Sundowns. All the guys are focused and looking forward to the weekend. I’m very positive we will emerge as new champions of the tournament come Saturday. This is a trophy that we are motivated to win.
The spirit in the camp is very high and the will to win is there. We can’t beat (Orlando) Pirates and (Free State) Stars, only to lose in the final,” Tignyemb tells his club website.
“It is going to be a difficult match for both sides. But I think we are hungrier for success than they are. The coach (Clinton Larsen) has assembled a strong team and we have to try and win every trophy. It’s about time that we win silverware for our loyal fans. They deserve better than a top 8 finish on the log,” he says.
Tignyemb, who has been at the club now for more than four years, believes that once Celtic end their seven-year wait for a trophy; more silverware will begin to flow.
“It’s been a while since we have won a cup (SAA Supa8 in 2005) and I think that, with the new team we have and the way the club has been structured now, we are going to win a trophy this season. As players, we are always disappointed if we finish the season without winning something for the supporters.
I hope our fans will come to the stadium in their numbers to spur us on on Saturday. They are like our twelfth man on match days,”
Saturday’s encounter will be the first cup final appearance for Tignyemb since he arrived in South Africa from Cameroon.
Kick-off is scheduled for 8.15pm-Backpage TXT