SuperSport United's Michael Boxall draws on Kiwi/Aussie rivalry for Telkom Knockout final with Cape Town City's Matt Sim
Posted: 9 December 2016 Time: 09:42
SuperSport United's Michael Boxall says he and fellow Kiwi Jeremy Brockie can't allow Cape Town City's Australian Matt Sim bragging rights when the clubs contest the Telkom Knockout final.
New Zealand and Australia are fierce sporting rivals, hence Boxall is especially motivated to get the better of Sim's City at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
"That has definitely added more motivation and there’s no way me and Brockie will let the Australian win the trophy over us. That definitely adds more motivation for us," Boxall says with a smile ahead of the 18h00 kick-off in Polokwane.
The right-back is also drawing confidence from United's Nedbank Cup triumph last season, their 14-game unbeaten run in all competitions this campaign, and their familiarity with the match venue.
"Yes, for sure. I think even this season we have shown that we’re a very tough team to break down, especially with cup finals. The cup final against Pirates last year I think we definitely rose to the occasion.
"This is a big occasion for us, a massive opportunity to put another trophy in the cabinet so we will definitely be up for this.
"It (Peter Mokaba Stadium) was also a second home ground last year and we are definitely comfortable there and familiar with the drive, same changing rooms, the familiar set-up. I think that will help us."