Links challenges SSU defenders

The 19-year-old winger, who joined the Citizens from Egyptian club Pyramids FC, has enjoyed a number of eye-catching displays in his two starts and five substitute appearances for the Cape club, and is relishing his first cup final experience.

"Three months ago I lost in the semi-final [of the Egyptian Cup] with my previous team, so I’m looking forward to this experience,” he told reporters.

The wily winger’s talent has been all too clear to see on the pitch, and despite his diminutive frame, the young speedster says he is sure to give opposition defenders a tough time on Saturday, should he be given a run.

"Anyone who will be playing on my side, I think I will give him a tough time,” he insisted. “It's going to be one of his toughest challenges because I know what I can do.

"I don't know what the one who's going to play on my side can do, but most of the defenders, because my body is so small, think it's going to be easy. But it's going to be a challenge that side."

The first piece of silverware up for grabs this season will be contested between the same two sides who battled for the very same honours last year, where SuperSport triumphed on penalties. And despite Links not being part of the City squad last year, he is determined not to let the Pretoria club make it two from two.

“We won’t let SuperSport beat us twice, so we want to come home with this one, that’s what we want,” he said. “But obviously it will be difficult, as SuperSport is one of the best teams in South Africa, so we have to give 150% effort.”

Kick-off at Moses Mabhida Stadium is set for 19h00.

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