The race for top spot in the SAFA ABC Motsepe League in the Western Cape might go down to the wire if Steenberg United head coach Mike Lukhubeni has his way.
Leaders Zizwe United finished the 2016 leg of the season without a loss, which gave them a comfortable lead at the top of the standings. Although, They were finally beaten in February by The Magic.
That opened the door for Steenberg, who reduced the lead to three points, and remain the only side without a defeat thus far.
“We are here to give them the pressure. If they win, then all the best to them, because they are a good team, but we want to put them under pressure,” a confident Lukhubeni said.
They had other opportunities to catch up or even overtake the current pace-setters in the past few weeks, but somehow they dropped points instead of grabbing the maximum.
Nevertheless, the Steenberg mentor is not ready to press the panic button just yet; with a playoff berth and a shot at promotion to the National First Division still to play for.
“Zizwe, are doing what they have to do, we’re not going to worry about them. They have to worry about us, because we are behind them. They are the top team, they must feel the pressure,” he continued.
Lukhubeni was one of the many officials who stayed to watch the remaining matches at the Portuguese Club on Human Rights Day, but has insisted he was not scouting the opposition.
“In this league, you are robbing yourself if you think you are going to sit on the stands with a notebook to analyse the opposition for the next game. Because teams play differently every week in this league,” he added.
“Football is our passion, we don’t mind to be on the field of play from morning to night,because football is part of our lives. That’s why we say, if you are a soccer coach or player, you must be married to two people; to your wife and soccer is the second wife.”