Free State Stars captain Paulus Masehe determined to break his knockout competition duck
Posted: 17 May 2018 Time: 18:15
The last time Free State Stars captain Paulus Masehe was in a cup final was 11 years ago, so you can imagine how excited he is heading into this weekend’s Nedbank Cup final.
Masehe was an Orlando Pirates player when they were defeated by his former side Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2007 SAA Supa8 final and will be looking to get his hands on a knockout competition trophy for the first time when Ea Lla Koto take on Maritzburg United in the Nedbank Cup final at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday (19h00).
“My last cup final was when I was at Pirates. I don’t remember where it was played, but we lost 1-0. It feels so good to be in a final, especially for us because we were getting knocked out in semi-finals. For us to achieve this is big and it comes with a lot of excitement and happiness,” Masehe said.
“I won the league when I was with Sundowns, but other than that it’s been semi-finals and the Telkom Charity Cup, but you can’t really count that one. It’s a final, but you can’t count it as something big.”
For someone who has been in the game for over 10 years, Masehe admits he would have loved to have more medals to display in his home. So far he has only won a league title with Sundowns, so the final on Saturday gives him a great opportunity to bring home a medal he can tell his kids about.
“If you don’t win anything, then you don’t have anything to look at when you are at home. You need to have something to show your kids, so that they can say ‘daddy won something’. They’ll ask ‘you played for so long, but you don’t have anything to show for it?’ It’s also good to leave a legacy at Stars, so that they see the group of 2018 won a trophy and they can try to emulate us. So it will be very special.”