City want to do it for Tshehla
Posted: 22 February 2018 Time: 11:00
Polokwane City defender Thabiso Semenya would love nothing more than to see Rise and Shine become the first side to claim bragging rights in the Limpopo derby.
City, who are in 14th place, are guests to rivals Baroka FC at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday (15h30), desperately looking for maximum points to get themselves one step closer to surviving relegation. The Limpopo derby is yet to produce a winner, as it's finished in a draw in the last three meetings.
Semenya says City need the points more than eighth-placed Baroka do, so they will go the extra mile to ensure they walk away the happier of the two sides.
“We will try to be the first ones to win the derby, especially in the position we are in. We need the points more than they do. When it comes to the derby everybody does their best," Semenya tells KickOff.com.
“They are ahead of us on the table with five points, so we have to work harder.”
The former Platinum Stars defender explains why the game has always ended in a draw.
“Mostly we take the cautious approach in these types of games. Both teams don’t want to lose. You start with caution and end with caution. I think it’s going to be different this time, because of the position we are in. This thing of being cautious won’t work.”
City will be playing their first match since the death of defender Mogau Tshehla, who was buried last Friday in Witbank following a car accident. City want to win the game in his honour.
“It’s our first game after he was buried and we should do it for him. We came back to training the day after the funeral. Last week we did not train much. We were going through the motions. We were in Witbank on Thursday and Friday and then we trained Saturday and Sunday. Everybody is ready to fight to win this game.”