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Given Mashikinya targets Telkom Knockout double

Posted: 1 December 2017 Time: 16:45

Bloemfontein Celtic attacker Given Mashikinya is excited at the prospect of winning the Telkom Knockout for the second year in a row.

Mashikinya lifted the trophy with Cape Town City last term before joining Celtic in July as part of a swap deal involving Lyle Lakay.

He has another shot at glory as Phunya Sele Sele prepare to battle Bidvest Wits in the final of the competition at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday (18h00).

"I really need this second Telkom Cup winner's medal," Mashikinya tells KickOff.com.

"Apparently only a few players have won it back-to-back with different teams. Players who have managed to do it have done it with the same teams. It's difficult to win it with different teams. So only me and my friend [Bongolwethu] Jayiya had an opportunity to do it this season when Chiefs was still in the semi-finals. We even spoke about it, I said to him, 'My friend, let's go to the final so we can see who can take it for a second time in a row between me and you,' and God chose me.

"If you remember, just like me Jayiya also won it last season with Cape Town City so he had a chance as well to win it for the second time but unfortunately he got knocked out. So for me to take it for consecutive years with different teams will be quite an achievement. Sundowns won it twice, Chiefs won it twice... so it's difficult to win it twice with two different teams as a player."

Mashikinya says the build-up to this final differs from when he was with the Citizens.

"To be honest at Cape Town City there was a lot of excitement as the club was still new and all of a sudden boom! We are in a cup final within three months after pre-season. But what helped us to win it is that there were a lot of players who were used to playing for titles. Aubrey Ngoma, Lebogang Manyama, Vincent Kobola, Lehlohonolo Majoro... you can name them, Tshepo Gumede, Robyn Johannes... you would find that they will talk to the players who have never won a cup and give them advice.

"And you see we had Eric Tinkler who was from Pirates and he would reach cup finals but not win them. So he also had that thing in him of wanting to win something for the first time as a head coach. There were also a lot of youngsters like Judas Moseamedi and Thabo Nodada who also wanted to win. So it was a mixture of excitement and hunger as we wanted to raise our profile as players.

"So here at Celtic what differs is there's lots of players who haven't won titles. There's only the likes of Ndumiso Mabena, Lucky Baloyi, Jacky Motshegwa, Wandisile Letlabika, Alfred Ndengane, but they are enough to rub off that winning mentality to the guys that haven't won anything in their careers. So here it's a big brand, they took it before in 2012."

Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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