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Published 22 November 2019

BUCHANAN: IT'S ABOUT WHO WANTS IT MORE
     
   
 

Desire and determination will be key factors in Sunday's eagerly anticipated Telkom Knockout (TKO) semi-final showdown with Kaizer Chiefs.

     
 

 

Amakhosi’s rich cup pedigree, together with their scintillating form this season will no doubt make them favourites for the clash at the Mbombela Stadium (3pm kick off).

 

Ultimately though it will be 11 versus 11 on the field, and in cup football, upsets tend to be par for the course.

 

“When you play a cup game, especially a semi-final, I think form, like in a derby, go shows out the window,” said Maritzburg United midfielder Keegan Buchanan in the build-up to the match this week.

 

“Everybody wants to win and I don’t think the pressure is on us because we’re not expected to win. The pressure is all on Chiefs and in the end it’s whoever wants it more on the day.

 

“We’re just preparing like a normal game, although of course we would like to help the club reach its second final in the PSL. But the first step is to play this game and not think too much about the final.”

 

Should Buchanan feature in Nelspruit, he will be up against his former employers, but the midfield schemer says that won’t come into his reckoning at all.

 

“It’s my former team but I’m happy for my club that we have reached the semi-final, obviously I want my team to win and I don’t think I have a point to prove against my former club – there is no personal vendetta. I just want to get more minutes under my belt and help the team.

 

“This is a first opportunity for me to win some silverware and I couldn’t be at a better place,” he continued.

 

“Chiefs are a bit more direct now and they have become more competitive, they’ve got more grit now and that’s why they are on the run of form they’re on.

 

“But in the cup its always an open game, so there’s a better chance to win, and the way we’ve been going this season, anyone is beatable.”

 

Further up the field, livewire forward Thabiso Kutumela will be doing his all to terrorise the Chiefs defence and is aware of the importance of being clinical when opportunities arise.


 

“We just need to score and capitalise on our chances. Because when you’re playing the big teams, if you don’t take your chances, they will take theirs. We have to make sure we take ours and win the game,” Kutumela said.

 

“My wish is to go to the final, and to make sure we win it. In Durban we would have all our supporters behind us, so I really want to go to the final.

 

“This is a chance for me to show I’m not about an individual but that I‘m a team person. It’s going to be tough but if we work hard and take our chances I think we’re going to win.

“We’re just working as a team, every team has their own goals, and our goal we set is to be in the top eight and to win some silverware for the club.”


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