Emotions will run high for Maritzburg United when they tackle Free State Stars in Saturday’s Nedbank Cup final.
The showdown at Cape Town Stadium - a first cup final for the Mother City - should be motivation enough for the two clubs to get their hands on South Africa’s premier knockout competition and a R7m purse.
But for Maritzburg hitman Andrea Fileccia, it’s a chance to cement his place at the top of the tournament’s goalscoring charts.
And not only that, the Belgian will also be looking to end his ex-club Ea Lla Koto’s hopes of lifting the trophy.
The 26-year-old says: “We worked so hard to reach this cup final. That was one of our goals at the starts of the season,
“This has been my best season in South Africa and this has also been the best season in the club’s history.
“I’ve scored three goals in this competition and I want to add to that tally on Saturday. I’m feeling good and looking forward to the game. We will give it our all.
“I don’t have anything to prove against Free State.
"Yes, they are my former team but I will treat it as a normal game. I want to win my first trophy in South Africa.”
Fileccia is not the only Maritzburg player with personal motives, the whole club is are driven to win the cup for their fallen teammates.
After Saturday’s final day of the season, coach Fadlu Davids dedicated the win to Luyanda Ntshangase, Mlondi Dlamini and Mondli Cele - who all died in past two years.
And you can bet that sentiment will be will the players as they prepare for the final clash.
Meanwhile, FS Stars are sweating on the fitness of leftback Patrick Phungwayo, after he limped off at training with an ankle injury on Tuesday morning.
Stars boss Luc Emyael revealed the defender trained alone Wednesday and he will make a decision on the player closer to kickoff.
He tells reporters: “I hope he will be available to play.
“I don’t know exactly now. It’s a knock. The ankle did not twist, so it’s good. He will have treatment and I think he will be available. It’s painful, but it’s not dangerous.”