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By unknown | Dec 07, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Mthembu

Sipho Mthembu

He terrorised Kaizer Chiefs and is the only Orlando Pirates striker to score a hat-trick against Amakhosi.

But lately, Jerry Sikhosana is so sceptic of Bucs chances over Amakhosi that he refused picking a potential Bucs' match winner for Saturday's derby.

"Look, I am not suggesting Pirates lack good players. I just don't want to embarrass myself. I don't want to pick and the next thing I read my choice bunked training the whole week.

"I doubt if the derby means to the current generation what it meant to mine. It meant everything to us. I would even feign injury in the game preceding the derby, just to make sure I am 100 percent fit for the big one," said the "Legs of Thunder".

Sikhosana, who also scored the historic goal that made Pirates the first southern African team to win the CAF Champions League, confessed his desire to intervene.

"I wish for an opportunity for even if it can be a pep-talk with the guys. I wish coaching strikers was specialised. I always envy Willie (Okpara) because goalkeeper training is specialised. He can plough back. I am worried at some of the chances Pirates miss. They completely lack calmness in front of goal.

On Chiefs, Sikhosana said he had no particular formula to beat them.

"I was lucky that I somehow cultivated the fear of God in Jacob Tshisevhe (man-marker), Neil Tovey (sweeper) and even Brian Baloyi (' keeper).

"I would look up and find them staring at me before my first touch. That told me they were worried. However, it was a completely different situation with the Jomo Cosmos defence which I considered the toughest. They would not even look at me. "They were confident. The likes of Sizwe Motaung, Collen Tlemo, Andrew Rabutla. All I was guaranteed was a good kick, not a scared look."

That being the case the man remained a sheer terror to many a defender.


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