“I enjoyed that strike. The most important thing to do during an offensive play is to analyse your opponent. I was aware of what Mthokozisi Dube was capable of and I knew he wanted me to be predictable so he could win the duel. I told myself that I was going to cut in and check where the goalkeeper was; and when I did not see him in position, I just had to use my right foot to curl it. I did not notice how beautiful the goal was until I watched the replays. I made a resolution after that to trust my right foot even more,” joked Maema. The final saw The Brazilians square off against Cape Town City in a match that saw the PSL making a provision for 2000 fully vaccinated supporters to attend. The game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes and was settled by a penalty shootout which saw Onyango set a world record of saving five penalties in a single game.
The Ugandan shot-stopper may have bagged a world record in the final, but his teammate Kennedy Mweene also etched his name into the history books. The MTN 8 victory meant the Zambian celebrated a rare achievement after becoming the only Premier Soccer League player to complete a clean sweep of all trophies he has competed for both in South Africa and on the continent.
Despite never winning the MTN8 trophy, long-serving former Captain Hlompho Kekana, spoke warmly about the club’s latest achievement.