Warriors and Kaizer Chiefs international soccer striker Knowledge Musona has paid tribute to the multitude of the team’s supporters after scooping the Telkom Knockout Cup R100 000 prize for being the top striker of the tournament.
On Wednesday, he also scooped the Absa Premiership Player of the Month award worth R10 000.
“Smiling Assassin” told KickOff.com Chiefs couldn’t have won the Telkom Knockout without the “three-quarters” of Chiefs fans of approximately 91 000 that filled the FNB Stadium last Saturday as Chiefs ran amok against nemesis Orlando Pirates, winning the match 3-0.
“I have never played in front of a big crowd like that. I heard it was a record crowd and I enjoyed it very much,” he says.
“I think three-quarters of the crowd were ours based on what I saw that day and I had a good experience. The atmosphere was good and I thank our supporters for all they did because without them we couldn’t have been so successful,” Musona said.
Reflecting on the match, Musona said he disagrees with the theory that Pirates were victims of paying too much attention on him, leaving gaps for Sthembiso Ngcobo, who scored a brace.
“I don’t think so . . . I didn’t notice that they were coming too much to me.
“You, the people who were watching, you are the ones who saw that two or three of their defenders were coming to me, but in football if you are a dangerous player the opponents will focus on you.
“I’m not refusing that maybe they focused too much on me, I’m just saying that I didn’t see it,” Musona added.
Meanwhile, Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung was not just pleased with adding yet another piece of silverware to the burgeoning trophy cabinet at Naturena, but he has also expressed his delight at the manner in which Amakhosi defeated Pirates.
Chiefs have faced criticism on two fronts this season, firstly that they are dull to watch, and secondly that they are “one-man show”, referring to the brilliance of Musona.
But Motaung says Saturday’s 3-0 triumph over bitter rivals Pirates should put paid to those two suggestions.
“I’ve been hearing people say that we depend on Musona but our win has exposed that myth.
“We showed there is enough depth in the squad,” Motaung says.
Goalkeeper of the tournament: Itumeleng Khune
Defender of the tournament: Jimmy Tau
Midfielder of the tournament: Reneilwe Letsholonyane
Top striker award: Knowledge Musona
The Player of the Tournament will be announced next year during the PSL awards.
Each winner walked away R100 000 richer and for the Player of the Tournament it will be R200 000.