Lakay, City relishing Wits challenge
Posted: 17 August 2017 Time: 09:28
Cape Town City winger Lyle Lakay says no motivation is needed when they cross swords with the reigning champions Bidvest Wits in their opening Absa Premiership encounter at Bidvest Stadium tomorrow.
The Citizens face a stern test in their league opener as they travel to Johannesburg to face the 2016/17 champs in their back yard on Friday evening [20h00 kickoff].
Lakay eluded to Wits’ high-profile additions Steve Pienaar and Daylon Claasen as the reason why the Citizens are so pumped up for the match, with the team relishing the chance to face “the biggest signings in the league”.
“It will be a tough one,” Lakay tells KickOff.com. “But that is why you want to play in the PSL: to test yourself against the very best.
“They don’t come bigger and better than Wits. We’re prepared for them. There’s no motivation needed from anyone as we’re ready for them.”
According to Lakay, who joined the Mother City club from Bloemfontein Celtic in July, the Citizens are well aware of what to expect against Wits but admits that will not make their task any easier.
“We know their [Wits’] type of football,” Lakay further states. “We know the type of football Gavin plays. In saying that, we still need to be prepared as they are very dangerous.
“Wits are definitely one of the top teams in the league and they’ve proven this by winning the league. They’re a team that's got better and better every season. It’s something we can strive to as well. So, there’s massive respect for them.”
Lakay, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday, was also strongly linked to the Clever Boys prior signing for City but Lakay added that he’s happy to be back playing in front of his family and home fans.
“Personally, I’m looking to bag between five and 10 goals for the season. However, if we can win a few trophies and I don’t score, who cares? There’s no pressure on me personally but my aim is to contribute more to the team by scoring actual goals,” Lakay concludes.