We take a look at some of the form players going into Wednesday’s TKO final in Durban, those individuals who could prove to be potential game changers at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Dolly has just returned from Senegal, where he worked his socks off as the SA Under-23 captain to help his team qualify for the Olympic Games. Now in his fourth season in the PSL, the 22-year-old left-footer is arguably in the best form of his career, his guile, touch and skill in midfield means that something always happens when the former Ajax man in on the ball.
Zungu has yet to find his scoring boots in the league, but has netted twice for Downs en route to the TKO final. Rated by some as one of the country’s most exciting young talents and expected to continue his career abroad sooner rather than later, Zungu now has the perfect stage to show off his talent, with Downs coach Pitso Mosimane no doubt hoping that the 23-year-old’s silky skills, creativity and vision will give his side the edge needed up front.
Themba Zwane The 26-year-old attacking midfielder has become an increasingly imprtant player for the Tshwane team, and has netted four goals this season. His skill, pace and drive, goal-scoring prowess and ability to take the game to the opposition could prove to be a key outlet for the Brazilians on Wednesday.
With five goals in 11 league games, and a further three in cup competitions this season (although yet to score in the TKO), Lebese has been AmaKhosi’s go-to man for goals. Pacey and direct, the 26-year left-footed wide player is clearly moving into his prime and has the ability and composure in front of goal to be a potential match winner in KZN.
Letsholonyane has managed only one goal this season, but has been a steady and regular influence in the heart of the Chiefs midfield, be it going forward or on defence. The 33-year-old Letsholonyane is a veteran of many a cup final and his experience of the big stage, and his ability to find an extra gear and to make things happen in attack, could prove decisive for the Soweto side in a tight game.
The 24-year-old has played a handful of matches for Chiefs this season, but has featured prominently over the last month or so. Clearly a fan favourite, the diminutive midfielder is a tricky customer for opposition defences, his touch, movement, range of passing and vision ensuring his side are on the front foot. It will remain to be seen if Ekstein is entrusted with a starting berth, but could certainly prove to be a game-changer whether he comes of the bench or plays the entire game.