Joel Mogorosi to torment Punch Masenamela again in Telkom Knockout Final
Posted: 29 November 2012 Time: 3:19 pm
Joel Mogorosi's name should send chills down Punch Masenamela's spine, after the Bloemfontein Celtic winger tormented the Mamelodi Sundowns man in national colours earlier this year.
Mogorosi gave Masenamela a torrid time in a 2014 World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Botswana in Gaborone in June, proving to be too hot for the left-back to handle, and the two will meet again in the Telkom Knockout Final on Saturday.
The Zebras midfielder is enjoying his best form in Celtic colours this season, and was the chief architect behind the club's victory against Orlando Pirates in the TKO quarter-final.
Mogorosi is looking forward to his first cup final appearance since moving to South Africa, and says he is not thinking about past battles.
"It's not about Punch Masenamela but Mamelodi Sundowns," Mogorosi insists. "This is a different level, club level, and I want to go out there on Saturday to do the best for Bloemfontein Celtic."
The winger also insists he is not thinking about records: "Like any player I am happy to play in a cup final. I am not interested to know if it is a big achievement to play in cup final for the first time in my career in the PSL however ... I am only focused on helping Celtic win the game because the club come first, then the players."
Phunya Sele Sele rested a few key players in their recent League match against Sundowns, and paid for it by losing 1-0. Clinton Larsen will undoubtedly field his strongest line-up for the Final, with Mogorosi starting on the right-wing.
"Every player likes to be on the field," he says. "I don't consider myself as a super-sub as I have only sat on the bench twice, the rest of the time I started the game. But the mood is high in the camp and everyone is looking to a great cup final."