Neville Khoza
2 minute read
4 Oct 2013
6:00 am

Trophy drought ‘now has to end’ – Mkhabela

Neville Khoza

Having watched his former team Platinum Stars lift the MTN8 trophy last week, SuperSport United midfielder Enocent Mkhabela admitted that he had mixed emotions that night.

Enocent Mkhabela FILE PIC. Photo ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Not that he was angry at himself to have left them to sign for United, but that in his three seasons in the PSL, he has not won anything yet.

Last season he came close to winning silverware, but his team were knocked out in the semifinals by the team he is currently playing for. Dikwena also lost out in the league to Kaizer Chiefs.

On Saturday, Dikwena lifted the MTN8 in Durban with Mkhabela watching at home thinking he could have won his first trophy had he stayed with them.

But all is not lost, as his new team United embarked on a mission to go one better than last season by winning a trophy and Mkhabela, who joined the Pretoria side at the beggining of the season, now has the opportunity to make up for lost time.

“I have never won a trophy in my three years in the PSL and I would have loved to have done that by now,” he said.

“Last season we reached a semifinal and second place in the league and I’m expecting more this time.”

With Matsatsantsa a Pitori having lost two cup finals last season, Mkhabela said they have the right players this season to go one better.

“If the team gel, we can go places, we can win any game,” he said.

“Last season we didn’t win anything, but we can improve. We’ve got good players with the potential to take silverware.”

But for United to think about going all the way, they need to negotiate their way to the last eight by getting past Ajax Cape Town at Lucas Moripe Stadium tomorrow.

“It’s not going to be easy. Yes, we are playing at home, but we must put in an extra effort for us to be rewarded.

“They are a good side – we must not take them for granted.”