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Thlone joined the Team of Choice midway through the season from Bidvest Wits, having begun his PSL career with Free State Stars, Saturday’s opponents in the 2018 Nedbank Cup final at the Cape Town Stadium.
“It’s something I’m looking forward to, it’s something special to come up against my former team in the final, winning it will be the cherry on top. I’ve got nothing to prove against Free State Stars, they were the ones that made me to be where I am today,” said the left-sided defender.
“We know well how Stars play – we’ve been watching their games, and they have probably also been watching us. We have our plan…but we also don’t expect to change much from the way we have been playing, we will approach it as we do all games.
“We want to win it, it’s going to be all guns blazing from us, we’re going all out to win the final. The guys are excited and we are looking forward to it,” he added.
Although he didn’t feature in the 2017 Telkom Knockout final against Bloemfontein Celtic in December, Thlone was part of the Bidvest Wits contingent which won the final, and as such is able to share the overall experience with some of his more junior team-mates.
“We have got a young team and for most of the guys in our team it’s their first final. I’ve been there and experienced it, and so I’ve had some conversations in camp about how it feels – I’ve been sharing some of my experience. I said it’s just a game – you have to be level headed,” he pointed out.
The 27-year-old believes the camaraderie in the Team of Choice is a factor which could help to carry them over the lines as victors over Ea Lla Koto.
“We have this spirit – there are no individuals, no big players and no small players,” he said. “We fight for each other, whether we’re down, or up, we keep our heads level and it’s worked for us a team. No matter the situation, we keep on playing and we know the result will come, we know the goals will come, as long as we stay calm and stay patient.
“It starts from training where we push each other. We never have any differences – we’ve been one since I’ve been here, from the first day. It’s been wonderful for me to be part of. Working with a coach I had worked with before (Mahir Davids at Free State Stars), I was able to fit in here like a glove. There are no egos and it’s been easy for me to become part of the team and to fight for a place.”
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