With Zakhele Lepasa looking forward to finishing the season on a high with possibly winning a trophy, after missing out on promotion triumph with a club already this campaign, the player is receiving rave reviews from the onlookers.
Having started the season with Stellenbosch FC, after being loaned to the Mother City club by Orlando Pirates, Lepasa went on to miss out on winning promotion with the recently crowned NFD champions, as he left them in January to join TS Galaxy.
However, the 22-year-old striker has another chance for triumph with his current team as they prepare to take on Kaizer Chiefs in their eagerly-awaited Nedbank Cup final tonight.
Junior Khanye – a former Chiefs player – believes that Lepasa could be one of the outstanding players against the side he grew up supporting.
It was through player’s two extra-time goals that Dan Malesela’s side emerged as 3-1 winners against Golden Arrows in their semi-final match at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont, KwaZulu-Natal last month.
“There’s that boy who scored two goals in the semi-final against Golden Arrows…he is very good. He is the kind of a player that Chiefs should look to sign. He is good with the ball at his feet and is also equally good with his running off the ball. His first touch is brilliant. He is a South African diamond. I see him scoring and we can talk about it after the game. Chiefs aren’t solid at the back and those boys from TS Galaxy are skilful and quick,” said Khanye.
“I see a lot of fouls flying through because of the pace of the game that I am anticipating. (Willard) Katsande will have to be careful of not getting a red card. Those boys from TS Galaxy are like a choir, where everyone is on the same page from tenor, soprano, and alto and so on. Watching them play is like listening to a choir signing with a conductor in front of them,” adds the Daveyton-born footballer.
Khanye’s message for Amakhosi, “I love the team so much and for me the club is like home and that’s why I am critical of their performances, because I want to see them improving.”