The Team of Choice take on Phunya Sele Sele at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3-30pm), looking to secure their place in a cup semi-final for the second time this season after their earlier exploits in the MTN8.
But before any such thoughts, Maritzburg must overcome a Celtic side who have been in solid form of late. And a 4-0 league win for Maritzburg over the Free State side in January could well make Saturday’s opponents even tougher.
“We’re working hard and I think we are on the right path,” Mokate stated. “We just have to make sure that we do not undermine Celtic. They won’t come to Harry Gwala and make life easy for us. They’ll come at us and we must prepare for a fight.
“They will want revenge,” he continued, “and it won’t be easy after we beat them 4-0 here at home – they’ll be determined to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. The coach [Fadlu Davids] has prepared us for what to expect.
“Celtic play very good football, they are good with the third man running, they mark tightly, man on man, they don’t give you space to play and the time to make passes, they’re a tough team to play against.”
The Team of Choice marksman is confident that the loss of Bevan Fransman and Pogiso Sanoka through suspension and Brian Onyango through injury will not overtly affect the PMB team’s chances. While at the other end of the park, he is confident in his ability to find the back of the net.
“Yes we lost some senior players at the back,” Mokate said. “But the young boys brought in to fill those spaces, they are hungry, they are improving a lot. A guy like Rushine De Reuck has been doing very well, so I don’t think we will miss the absent players too much.
“The last time I scored was against Celtic. So that will motivate me to score again. I don’t put pressure on myself, I just keep working hard and I’m confident the goals will come if I stay focussed.
“We’ve got experience now in challenging in cup competitions, we have got the ability and have grown together as a team. So now it’s just for us to believe in ourselves,” he concluded.
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