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.
CLIVE Barker has said that the 4-0 drubbing suffered by Black Aces against Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 quarterfinal just over a week ago was not a fair assessment of what his men can offer this season. He was short of personnel, he argued yesterday.
WITH the destiny of the league title decided on Tuesday night – Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned champions – the focus now turns to the individual awards as well as who will contest the promotional play-offs.