Kaizer Chiefs news: Mario Booysen puts rivalry with former teammates at SuperSport United aside in Telkom Knockout clash
Posted: 2 November 2018 Time: 13:00
Kaizer Chiefs defender Mario Booysen says, rivalry aside, he is fully focused on helping his new club progress to the next round of the Telkom Knockout when he meets his former teammates.
Booysen is set to square off with a number of familiar faces at SuperSport United, where he spent a total of three seasons across four different loan spells, in this weekend’s TKO quarterfinal.
The 30-year-old centre-back, who featured in the opening round of the cup as well as the recent Soweto Derby over the weekend, could be set for his fifth appearance since arriving at Amakhosi in August.
His history at the Tshwane club could count in Chiefs’ favour, given his knowledge of the players he would likely come up against on Sunday, or failure to contain his emotions could also be costly for the team.
However, Booysen assures he is fully committed to the task at hand and ready to contribute for the benefit of his new teammates.
“It’s always a rivalry when you meet your friends and your former teams, but I think it’s more about sticking to the game-plan that we have and focusing on the team,” said Booysen.
“Because, as a player, you can easily get carried away and start making stupid mistakes, and you don’t want that. You obviously want to build and move forward and grow in confidence.
“So, yes, it’s always good to play against your former teams but at the end of the day it comes down to doing the job [for your current team] and keeping focused on that.”
Matsatsantsa boast a massive psychological advantage ahead of this weekend’s tie, having enjoyed an eight-game unbeaten run against The Glamour Boys. But the lanky defender insists this particular clash will pose different challenges for both sides.
“If you look at the history they have beaten Chiefs, but I think it’s a different ball game. At the end of the day, this game will present something different,” he insisted.
“If we can bring our A-game, I don’t see us exiting this tournament. We’re obviously going to look at the history of the teams – head-to-head, but I think Sunday is a different ball game and we’re looking to stay positive and to proceed to the next round.”