THE pressure of maintaining their large points advantage at the top of the Premier Soccer League was beginning to tell on Kaizer Chiefs, coach Stuart Baxter admitted as he tried to explain their failure to bury chances against Polokwane City in midweek.
Bafana Bafana want to wrap up their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification with two matches to spare by beating Congo at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday, but coach Shakes Mashaba has warned they will face “wounded tigers”.
WHILE there has been no shortage of confident soundbites in the build-up to the MTN8 final showdown between traditional rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates tonight, both camps are a bundle of nerves.
VLADIMIR Vermezovic and Stuart Baxter, two coaches whose return to South African football had a lukewarm reception, come face-to-face tomorrow night in a Soweto derby MTN8 final having somewhat silenced their detractors.
ROWEN Fernandez knows exactly what it’s like to be nailed to a cross, ready for the stoning, in the Soweto derby and he has predicted that goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa will shine for Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 final on Saturday.
Amakhosi to face Pirates after beating Stars. Kaizer Chiefs extended to six in a row their run of winning results since the start of the season and booked, as expected, a place for themselves in the MTN8 final after beating Platinum Stars 3-0
EPHRAIM ‘‘Shakes” Mashaba has sent out an early indicator of his intentions with the national side after he left out a number of top names, picked a player who had knee surgery a month ago and included two youngsters who have not yet played a professional match.
GRUDGE matches, rivalries and revenge will be the order of the MTN8 semifinals, the first legs of which kick off with Platinum Stars hosting Kaizer Chiefs at Royal Bafokeng Stadium tonight.