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Lekgetho Up Against The World's Best 10/12/03
Bafana Bafana left-back Jakob Lekgetho comes up against arguably the best player in the world at the moment in the Uefa Champions League on Wednesday, a match that will be a severe test of the former Moroka Swallows players ability.

Lekgetho, who left the Dube Birds three seasons ago to join Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia, will form part of a defensive unit charged with keeping Arsenal striker Thierry Henry quiet in the crunch match at Highbury in London.

The Frenchman has been in sparkling form this season and was recently nominated by Fifa as a finalist for the World Player of the Year award alongside Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard on Tuesday, Lekgetho admitted that special attention would be given to Henry in a match both teams must win in order to progress in Europes foremost club competition.

"Henry is definitely the man of the moment. There will be times when he can kill us and we will have to be patient with him, said Lekgetho.

"He is probably the best in the world right now but if we put two guys against him it will be easier for us. If there is only one player then he has not got any cover."
 
He added: "If we can score first it will unsettle them and cause them problems with the crowd. Playing in front of their fans means the people at Highbury will want more from them.

"There will not be any pressure on us but we will not be playing for a draw. If they take us for granted they will pay. We drew with them in Moscow but we should have won because Arsenal did not play so well.

"That was one of the easiest games we have had in the Champions League this season. We have to respect Arsenal but not fear them."

Lekgetho has been a permanent fixture in the Lokomotiv side for the past two years and was recently voted the best foreigner playing in the Russian league.

He should definitely be part of national coach Shakes Mashabas squad for the African Nations Cup in Tunisia early next year, while it can only be a matter of time before he is snapped up by a bigger club in Europe.

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