Kermit pumped for final

Kermit Erasmus. Pic: Manus van Dyk/Gallo Images.

Kermit Erasmus’ career has been a lot like Orlando Pirates’ campaign this season – lots of promise but failing to reach its potential.

The 24-year-old has represented his country at Under-17, Under-20 and senior levels in a journey that has taken him from Port Elizabeth to the Netherlands to play for Feyenoord where he was compared to Romario.

But instead of taking off, Erasmus has stuttered, eventually coming home to join SuperSport United four years ago before moving to the Sea Robbers last year in a campaign where they reached the Caf Champions League final.

Erasmus watched that final on television as he was cup-tied but was there when they lost their third final of the season in the Telkom Knockout.

“For me it hasn’t been the best of seasons,” Erasmus said.

“There was a time I didn’t play regularly because I was cup-tied in the Champions League.

“But in the regular games that I have played in, I haven’t scored enough goals.

“Strikers are rated on the number of goals they score in a season. For me it hasn’t been the best.”

He and his team-mates can redeem themselves by winning in the Nedbank Cup final this afternoon at the Moses Mabhida Stadium against Bidvest Wits.

It will be their fourth cup final of the season.

“I think if we win the final it will decide whether we have had a good season or not,” Erasmus said. “If we win, all the cup finals we lost in will be forgotten.”

To do that they will have to overcome their pathetic showing in front of goal.

The club’s top goalscorer in the Absa Premiership has four goals. That’s one goal more than the three they scored here last week against Golden Arrows.

“It is disappointing for a team like Orlando Pirates,” Erasmus said.

“You expect our strikers to at least reach double figures.

“It hasn’t been the best season for us in that department. It has taken its toll on the players. We are ready and hungry to make sure we at least end it with a bang.”

The biggest battle that Pirates have against a Wits side that has nothing to lose, will be a mental one, blocking out the three cup final defeats they have suffered this season.

It’s what the Clever Boys will be looking to exploit. That fear of not wanting to lose.

“If you play with fear then what’s the point of playing?” Erasmus asked.

“We aren’t afraid of anything. There is no need to fear defeat. We have the capabilities and I think we are going there to win – just like Wits are.”

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