Semenya eyes solid MTN8 start

City do not want to make up the numbers in the MTN8, especially after proving that they can compete with the best in the PSL last season when they finished sixth in the Absa Premiership.

They face Benni McCarthy’s Cape Town City away from home in the quarterfinals on Saturday, which will be a difficult game to start with in the new campaign. But Semenya feels they are ready to perform even better in the new campaign and a win against City would send out a strong message.

“We played a lot of friendlies and tournaments during pre-season. We played a tournament at Sturrock Park and we went to Rustenburg and played friendlies against National First Division and ABC Motsepe League teams. We have done everything that we needed to do to prepare for the season,” Semenya tells

“Anything is possible [in the MTN8]. This is football. We are hoping for a win. We can’t go there and say that just because we are competing for the first time ‘it’s okay to lose’. No, we don’t play to lose.”

What helped City last season is the experience of players such as Semenya, Jabulani Maluleke, Rodney Ramagalela, George Chigova and Thapelo Tshilo.

The older guys in the team will have to make sure that the team builds on last season’s impressive campaign, so that they do not go back to fighting relegation, as was the case in their early years in top flight football.

“We will have a meeting, so that they [City's management] can give us a mandate. We want to achieve whatever mandate we are given. We did not change much in terms of personnel, so I think we are good to go,” Semenya says.