Armband motivated Chiefs hero

2014-09-25 10:26
Brilliant Khuzwayo (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Following his heroics in the MTN8 final against Orlando Pirates last weekend, Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo said he felt more motivated in the closing stages of their encounter when defender Tefu Mashamaite handed him the captain’s armband.

The KwaZulu-Natal-born shot-stopper stood between the Buccaneers and the Wafa-Wafa crown when he produced an outstanding performance in his first Soweto derby.

The 24-year-old goal-minder also hinted that it took him by surprise to see the skipper on the night, Mashemaite, giving him the leadership responsibilities but welcomed the challenge.

“To be honest with you, it really took me by surprise,” said Khuzwayo.

“But I must admit that I really felt more privileged when I took it although it was (only) for a few minutes.

“It really motivated me and I thank “Masha” (Mashamaite) for his confidence in me.”

On the other hand, Amakhosi head coach Stuart Baxter said he was unaware of what happened regarding the changing of captaincy but hailed the decision made by his goal-scorer on the night, Mashamaite.

“I will be very honest, I didn’t see anything and I am sure our supporters didn’t see it happening,” revealed Baxter

“But I think it was smart thinking from 'Masha'.

“In terms of his performances, everyone was thinking of his saves throughout the match.

“He really showed character which is why he was given the captaincy in the closing stages of the match.”

The Phefeni Glamour Boys will be hoping to keep their winning run flourishing when they switch their focus to the Absa Premiership this weekend.

They will face Maritzburg United at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is scheduled for 15:00.


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