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Lakay – Competition Is Always Healthy

Lyle Lakay, who was one of the standout players for Mamelodi Sundowns in their win over Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 quarter-finals on Sunday, has told iDiski Times about some of his goals for the season.

Lakay, who turns thirty on Tuesday, was impressive throughout the game, delivering the cross for Peter Shalulile’s opening goal, and he also struck the woodwork with an excellent shot.

Lakay was also unfortunate in the penalty shootout, as while his spot kick was ruled to have been saved by Itumeleng Khune, the ball actually clearly crossed the goal line, and the officials got it wrong.

Speaking to Rob Delport in last week’s edition of iDiski Times, Lakay said at Sundowns every winning every tournament they compete in is the target.

Lakay said that having never won the MTN8 or CAF Champions League personally, those two trophies are top of his list.

The Cape Town born left wingback has also set himself a target of 20 goal contributions this season, and after getting that assist on Sunday, he’s already on the way.

“For me personally, obviously, it’s first like you said now, to win every trophy,” Lakay told iDiski Times

“I think, personally, for me, I’m missing the MTN8 and obviously the CAF, the CAF is obviously the big one for us that we want to win. 

“For me, myself, I’m missing those two, and then obviously to cement my place in the starting eleven. 

“And once I do that, I want to go and better my tally of last season, I set myself a target last season of 15 goal contributions. And I actually managed to get 13, I was two short, but for this year I’m hoping to get 20.

“Even though I missed last year, I missed it by two, I think I could have gotten it but I think for this season I’ve set my target for twenty.”

Lakay also spoke about the competition at the club, and how it keeps him on his toes.

“And what people don’t realise also, with the competition it makes you a better player,” he continued. 

“If you look at Sundowns, in every position, there’s more than two players and we always say you make an example, if you out injured or maybe you’re suspended or whatever, the next person comes in, he plays, he performs, you’re have to go wait at the back of the line again.

“And obviously, when you’re waiting in the queue, sometimes you can fall off the train and if you fall off the train, it’s goodbye. 

“Because when you get your chance again, and you don’t take it, you know, you’re going to the back of the line again. So with having said that, having competition is always healthy, it keeps you on your toes.”