Bidvest Wits striker James Keene relishing Nedbank Cup opportunity
Posted: 2 March 2016 Time: 21:54
Bidvest Wits striker James Keene says he is looking forward to getting a taste of his first cup competition in South Africa when his club faces Bloemfontein Celtic in the Nedbank Cup on Friday.
Having joined The Clever Boys in the beginning of January, meaning he missed out on the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout cups in the first half of the season, the former Sweden-based attacker says the prospect of winning just five games to get his first piece of silverware in South Africa is tantalising.
“I’m really looking forward to it [the match on Friday night]. This is obviously a big cup here in South Africa and we want to win as many trophies as possible; we’re still in with a chance in the league and this one is a big cup so we want to win it,” says Keene ahead of the last-32 tie with Celtic at Bidvest Stadium.
“There have been a lot of [league] games in January and February, and a knockout cup is always good because it gives you a chance to get straight to a final. Maybe you win four or five games and you’re there, which is perfect for us [to get a piece of silverware].”
With six goals in eight starts for Wits this season, the 30-year-old says he has not set himself any personal targets and reiterates his commitment to helping the team fight for silverware.
“I just want to keep doing well, you know, as a striker of course you won’t score every game because that’s the way it is; that’s how it goes everywhere in the world,” he adds.
“My aim is just to keep doing well and hope the team keep winning, and to stay towards the top end of the table and try to win the Nedbank Cup.”