At the height of his career, former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Thabo Mooki played some of his best football against Mamelodi Sundowns.
During the 1998 Rothmans Cup Final, he scored the opening goal inside the first minute and helped Amakhosi win the match via penalty shootouts.
“I always enjoyed playing against Daniel Mudau and other very skilful players that Sundowns had”, Mooki spoke to KaizerChiefs.com.
“Sundowns were a big team back then even though we had a rivalry with Pirates, they were extremely competitive to play against.
“We used to get together and sit with each other and talk once the coach had given us his instructions.
We took the coach’s instructions and spoke about how we would make the plan work, as well as what we will do to make sure that we can make it work for us and get the win.”
Before retiring in 2009, Tsiki-Tsiki won countless trophies in Naturena including back-to-back league titles in 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons.
His finished his career with five goals against Sundowns.
“I used to talk to players from Sundowns before the game and they were adamant they would defeat us, that was what drove me. As opposition players we used to talk and say that John Tlale could not see and took advantage of that fact, I always joked with him about that,” he smiles.
“It was always exciting to play against Sundowns, especially when you feel that they are your weakest link, and you play at your best. In terms of preparation and mental focus, I used to be ready for them. That was one team I used to like playing against them.”
*Image courtesy of Vodacom.