JOHANNESBURG - Bloemfontein Celtic attacking midfielder Jacky Motshegwa is eager to win the Telkom Knockout for the second time in five years with Punya Sele Sele.
Motshegwa has been in red hot form in front of goal and all eyes will be on him on Saturday when Celtic tackle Bidvest Wits in the TKO final at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu (6pm).
Motshegwa was part of the Celtic squad that went all the way in 2012, beating Mamelodi Sundowns at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Downs were hot favourites under Dutch coach Johan Neeskens but Celtic surprised to win their maiden TKO crown under Clinton Larsen.
Celtic have been in form in the PSL, but not Wits, who are second from bottom. But there’s one thing you can’t take away from Wits and that's their cup pedigree.
“It is going to be a difficult encounter against Wits,” Motshegwa said. "We are working hard to win this cup as we did in 2012. The coach is encouraging us. It is not elementary to reach cup finals. We’ve work hard as the team. It all about team work at Celtic. Our character will be tested in this match.
“We have a good coach who encourages us to play an attacking game. We’ve improved a lot in our final third. Our decision-making has been better.
"We are not in a bad position in the league. Only three points separate us from number one. We are also in the final now. So it has been a decent start for us. We are looking forward to win the final.”
Wits have enjoyed good times under Gavin Hunt. Last season they won the Absa Premiership and the MTN8.
“Wits are the favourites and we are the underdogs,” Motshegwa said. "They have more experienced players than us. Maybe they have six players in their squad who have tasted what it is like to win the Telkom Knockout. They have also won other cups.
"They're struggling in the league but have been in good form in the cup. They are a strong side. The fact that they have reached the final is a clear indication that they are a good side. It is not a fluke that they are in a final."
Celtic have only won two cups in the PSL era, having also captured the Super Eight in 2005.
“We will celebrate as a team if we win. There are not incentives promised. The management has assured us that if we bring the trophy we will be happy as players,” Motshegwa concluded.