Jabulani Mendu has urged players of Kaizer Chiefs to enjoy the occasion of the CAF Champions League final next week.
The Glamour Boys will come face-to-face with the tournament’s most successful team [having been crowned African champions a record nine times] at Casablanca’s Mohammed V Stadium on Saturday, July 17.
But the former Kaizer Chiefs player [Jabulani Mendu] has advised former teammates not to put any pressure on themselves ahead of the all important final.
“They must go there and have fun,” He tells KickOff.com.
“Not every year you will have an opportunity to play a Champions League final. I trust in Arthur [Zwane] and Dillon Shepherd they will prepare well, but they mustn’t forget they are playing against Pitso. A master tactician.
“They mustn’t be too hard on themselves; they must just enjoy the moment. Go there and enjoy the experience. They must go there and lose 4 – 3. They mustn’t go there and lose 4 – 0. They must go there and win 6 – 5.”
Mendu also commended everyone who contributed in the club’s achievement:
“I think we need to stand up and clap for Arthur and Dillon Shepherds. We need to start appreciating the South African coaches. I mean we have four South African coaches in the Champions League final. There’s Cavin Johnson and Pitso on the other side [Al Ahly]. Over here there’s Arthur [Zwane] and Dillon.
“Proudly South African. This is better than amazing. It’s humungous. Actually, we don’t even know who are we going to root for in this final. Whoever wins South Africans wins. It’s about being proud of your own. I mean forget about Al Ahly, focus on Pitso Mosimane and Cavin Johnson and the technical team that Pitso took with him to Egypt.
“But having said that. Don’t forget the name Gavin Hunt when you talk about history in the making. There was something that Gavin was doing right. Not everything he did was wrong. Let’s give credit to the players, I mean they came to the party for Arthur and Dillon Shepherd.
“They played their hearts out, they wore their hearts on their sleeves. Forget about how they played. Let’s focus on the results. This is a competition, it’s a tournament not a league. Pitso said it well that ‘Sometimes you play bad to win’. You remember when he beat Sundowns. Now it’s a final, now Kaizer Chiefs they will play their game. From the first game no one gave Kaizer Chiefs a chance in Africa let’s be honest. But look at them now, who’s smiling now?.”