Ajax Cape Town defender Mosa Lebusa is ready to step into the void left by captain Travis Graham, with the 24-year-old to occupy an important leadership role within the team as the Urban Warriors regular skipper sits out due to suspension.
Having also this season brought up a century of caps in Urban Warriors red and white, Lebusa has all the necessary experience and credentials required in a match of this magnitude.
The Amakhosi have put together a run of five consecutive wins, with Steve Komphela’s men firmly establishing themselves as title contenders.
“It means a lot, playing Kaizer Chiefs: there is always a massive crowd and a great atmosphere. We always bring our A game [when playing Kaizer Chiefs], I am looking forward to it, I think it will be a very exciting match,” said Lebusa.
“I think coach Steve [Komphela] has got the confidence back for his guys, they have won five consecutive games…
“Coming back to us, we are surely getting our confidence back too, but yes they will arrive here very motivated.
Lebusa continued: “But, we want to win the game, it is our home match and on the plus side of things; they always struggle when they play here.
Moreover, the Ajax Cape Town fullback is looking forward to playing at what should be a packed Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening.
“It is always nice to play at Athlone, the supporters are right up against the touchline so you feel the atmosphere as a player – you also feel closer to them, and I’ve always enjoyed playing at Athlone,” Lebusa added.
“The coach doesn’t have to do a lot of motivating, playing against Kaizer Chiefs is motivation on its own. The guys are ready to play their A game, but personally, I am really looking forward to the game and I can’t wait.
“It is sad that we will be missing Travis for this game, but I think everyone is capable of leading – we have 11 leaders, we will miss him, but we know each other’s strengths,” he concluded.