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Platinum Stars eye second trophy

Platinum Stars will take on Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout final on Saturday.

Henrico Botes of Platinum Stars will be in the starting 11 as his team take on Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout final on Saturday. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Platinum Stars striker, Henrico Botes admits that last season's failure to win silverware is acting as a motivation factor for his team to win more trophies this season.

The Rustenburg outfit finished runners-up to Kaizer Chiefs in the league last season while they were also knocked out in the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup by the same opposition.

This season has already seen the side win the MTN 8 against Orlando Pirates and they are aiming for a second cup win when the teams meet again in the Telkom Knockout final on Saturday.

Botes admits that failure has been the motivation for his team's success this season.

"Last season coming so close, we decided that we were going to go for the MTN8 and we've achieved that and it's in the past now. I know it's a cliché to say we going to take each game as it comes, but we really have been preparing for each game as we play."

Botes has praised coach Alan Freese for his role in helping the team achieve their success.

He admits that the coaches' laid back attitude means the side can express themselves on the pitch.

"He's quite calm and composed and that helps us as players to just go on the field and do our duties. Everyone has a duty to perform and it's our goal at the end of the day to win the battle."

Botes, who has been at the club for over six years, says the recent success feels like a reward for all the struggles the club have gone through in years past.

"I've seen coaches come and go. I've stuck it out and finally now the hard work and perseverance is paying off. Success and victory is much sweeter when you wait for it sometimes."

The TKO final will take place at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Kickoff is at 20h15.

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