The Citizens today host a struggling Amakhosi side who sit 13th on the log after five matches, with the Glamour Boys still in search of their first league win of the season.
City themselves have not endured the best of league starts, winning just one of their four games so far. Yet Dutch shot-stopper Leeuwenburgh, who was the hero in his side’s MTN8 semi-final penalty shootout victory over Mamelodi Sundowns, feels it’s the best time to get one over the struggling Soweto giants.
“They are struggling, but even though we are in the final of the MTN8, we are also a bit struggling in the league, so we need the points,” he tells KickOff.com.
“If there’s one time where we can hurt them, it’s now. So we have to make sure we do that and not feel sorry for them because they are struggling as well. We need points right now, especially at home.”
Chiefs did the double over City last season, with goals from Wiseman Meyiwa and Siphiwe Tshabalala securing a 2-0 win at Cape Town Stadium in September last year. And even though Leeuwenburgh was not in the team, he says he’s fully aware of the support that will be behind the visiting team this afternoon.
“It’s not going to be easy,” he admits. “It’s going to be tough, as there’ll be a lot of Kaizer Chiefs fans in the stadium as well. But I hope to see a lot of City fans, and we’ll be going for the win for sure.”
Leeuwenburgh will be buoyed by his previous appearance against Amakhosi, where he kept a clean sheet in a pre-season 1-0 friendly win in the Mbombela Cultural Experience Cup in July.
Kick-off at Cape Town Stadium is set for 15h00.