Ajax's hired gun relishing iKapa spectacle

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The Cape Town-born Lakay is currently on a six-month loan spell with the Urban Warriors from SuperSport United, who hope the game-time will serve him well before returning to Tshwane.

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Needless to say the 20-year-old showed what he is capable of by scoring in his second appearance for Ajax during their 2-1 loss against Mamelodi Sundowns last week.
 
Lakay exhibited great strength when he brushed off Sundowns’ tall central defender Motjeka Madisha and then had the composure to find the back of the net.
 
The former Santos winger was also instrumental in their first goal against Maritzburg United when he assisted Tashreeq Morris with his towering header in another 2-1 loss the week before.

Lakay hopes to impress further against the Citizens at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday (15h30).

“I need to be honest and say that I’m pretty chuffed with Saturday’s derby against City for obvious reasons,” Lakay told tells KickOff.com.

“I’m making my debut in a Cape derby and I’m very excited. When I joined up with Santos in 2012 they were just relegated and I didn’t have that opportunity and privilege to play in a Cape derby in the PSL you know.

“I’ve played quite a few in the NFD but it’s not the same. There are hardly any fans or spectators and it feels hollow. Besides, there were five teams at one stage so we’d like play a derby every month, you know. So for me it will be a privilege to play in front of family members, friends and fans, and I know they will be rooting for me and this will be a privilege.”

Lakay reckons the atmosphere and banter in Cape Town leading up to the derby is also an indication that soccer in the province is alive and well.

“It’s different in the PSL due to all the media attention and exposure which is fantastic for South African soccer. This shows how mad people are about soccer. Everyone is talking about Saturday’s game for a while now and this makes me also excited and nervous at the same time as all eyes will be on you.
 
“I’ve already had some remarks made in my direction from some family members and friends, so the vibe is definitely there.”

Meanwhile, Lakay is giving little attention to City's dominance of the fixture since the club's inception in 2016.

“We don’t fear any team in this league and we will treat it as just another game, you know. So it happened to be the other club in the city and we have to do our business against them like we would have done against any other team. I also hope my first one will be successful.”

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