We sat down with Cabinteely midfielder Christian Lotefa. Lotefa has been a mainstay in Pat Devlin’s team so far this season starting all six league games and impressing throughout. Read our interview with the DIT student below ahead of Friday nights game. We take on Shelbourne at home this Friday night as we look to go 5 games unbeaten in a row and go top of the First Division.
Cabo are looking to make it 5 games unbeaten in a row, what the mood like in the dressing room at present?
CL: “The atmosphere is great, there is great belief that as individuals, and more importantly collectively as a team, we have what it takes to keep raising our standards and pushing on. At the same time we are not getting carried away and continue to just take it one game at a time, so we are fully focused on Friday’s match against Shelbourne.”
You are having a standout season so far, how are you finding life at Cabo in your second season?
CL: “Life in Cabo is great. I’m learning so much. I couldn’t do it all on my own, everyone is playing their part and I’m really happy to be given the chance to bring something positive in this great squad. A big part of the season so far has been down to the management, when you know you are trusted by them, it drives you on to give that bit more for them and the fans.”
The fans have really been getting behind the team, its all positive both on and off the pitch lately isn’t it?
CL: “We were only saying in the dressing room that the support has been amazing, even in the away games at Longford and Athlone, we are all buzzing when when we have the crowd behind us like that and makes us raise our game to give something back.”
Yeah, we had a sold out supporters bus down at the game at Athlone that made plenty of noise, which was great to see, as a player what impact does this have on the team?
CL: “The energy and excitement we get from the crowd getting behind us like that is unbelievable. You know that you are not on your own, they have your back, the fans are a real boost to the team. It is a privilege having them and we are hugely grateful for them at Stradbrook and when they travel around the country with us. We try show this by constantly raising our game and giving them something to cheer about.”
Have you got a message for our fans ahead of Friday nights home match against Shelbourne?
CL:” The atmosphere around Cabinteely is nothing but positivity so we are positive and have belief that we will do something good and make sure we give the fans more than they are expecting and hopefully that will continue. Long may it last!”