Platinum Stars will take on Pirates in the Telkom Knockout Cup final at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday evening, and Gumede spoke to Goal about Stars hopes
This will be Platinum Stars second clash in a cup final having already beaten Pirates in the MTN 8 decider, which Dikwena were crowned champions after a penalty shootout.
The rivalry between Kaizer Chiefs and Bucs has often seen either set of fans rooting for the opposition. Unlike the Soweto giants, Stars do no boast a huge support base, so Tshepo Gumede tells Goal that their unexpected 12th man is the AmaKhosi fans.
“Unlike them (Pirates), of course we hardly play in front of a large capacity,” Gumede told Goal.
‘But the couple of times we played them we had some of the Chiefs supporters rallying for us and that would be good for us if it happens again,” he added.
“Either way, we’ve also played Pirates in front of their own huge crowd and it makes no difference because on the field it’s eleven versus eleven.”
“A win will of course be a great Christmas present for those fans that have been backing us whereever we go,” Gumede reminded the die-hard Platinum Stars fans how the player's appreciate their support.
On their road to the final, Allan Freese’s men ousted both favourites Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, but the 22-year-old Bafana international believes past results will not work in their favour against Bucs.
“Playing Pirates is always a good exercise and I’m looking forward to it,” Gumede told Goal.
“All 16-teams compete in the same league and are equally strong, so it does not matter who we come across along the way. There are no easy matches.”
Kick-Off is at 20:15 and you can follow the game LIVE with commentary on Goal.com