Goal.com spoke with Maluti FET College captain and striker Lucky Mokoena who was the driving force behind their famous win against Pirates in the Nedbank Cup
Goal.com: Lucky, firstly Goal.com would like to congratulate you guys on your win against Pirates. Now tell us about yourself, and when did you start playing football?
Mokoena: I am Lucky Mokoena, now the captain of Maluti FET College, playing in the Vodacom league. I started playing football in 2004, I joined Maluti FET in 2010, but before then, I was playing for Highlands Park FC, also campaigning in the second division.
Goal.com: Scoring against one of the biggest teams like Pirates is every youngster’s dream. Did you believe that one day you will get to score against Pirates?
Mokoena: Yes, I always believed, I am a kind of person with self-belief, and I believe that I can achieve anything through self-belief, and that is exactly what happened on Saturday against Pirates.
Goal.com: Let’s talk about the expectations before that game (against Pirates), and how did you motivate your teammates as a captain?
Mokoena: The expectations were very high. Every player wanted to play, and what I told my teammates is that Pirates players are human beings, and they have got everything that we have. Watching them on TV doesn’t make them differ from us. I told them not to be afraid of Pirates, because they are just like us.
Goal.com: What did the coach say to you during half time, as you were leading Pirates by two goals?
Mokoena: He didn’t say much, besides telling us to score more goals. We realized that their defence was flat, and he also told us not to be too excited as Pirates are capable of scoring goals that could win them the match.
Goal.com: Well, and you guys did just that. Now, how was the mood in the dressing room after the match, as the achievement of beating Pirates 4-1 was still sinking into your minds?
Mokoena: What was happening in the camp was out of this world. All the players were happy, and we all deserved to be happy. I mean, nobody gave us a chance against Pirates. It was really great as we celebrated that win.
Goal.com: Now that Maluti FET is through to the next round, surely you guys will want to emulate what Baroka FC did in 2011. How far do you guys want to go in this tournament?
Mokoena: We are looking to go as far as the final of the Nedbank Cup if possible. Baroka made their own history in 2011 by reaching the semifinals, and we want to create our own history by reaching the final of this year’s tournament.
Goal.com: Let’s talk about the possibility of Lucky Mokoena joining one of the PSL teams having made a name for yourself after scoring a brace against Pirates.
Mokoena: There is still a possibility, because I am still young. I can join any team that I feel will suit me, but again it will depend on the right offer.
Goal.com: Lastly, if the opportunity presents itself for you to move to the PSL, which team would you like to play for?
Mokoena: My wish is to play for Mamelodi Sundowns.