SuperSport United‘s red hot striking duo of Bradley Grobler and Thamsanqa Gabuza have been a marvel to watch thus far this season and will undoubtedly be the main draw card of the MTN8 second leg semi-final between United and Pretoria foes Mamelodi Sundowns at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday (Kick-off 7:30pm).
And although The Brazilians have their noses slightly in front due to a crucial away goal during their 1-1 draw in the first-leg, Grobler is adamant they stand an equally good chance.
United netted through Gabuza and Gaston Sirino got the goal for Sundowns in the first leg.
No stranger to setting the scene ablaze at the start of the season, only to be hampered by injuries, Grobler, who currently tops the scoring charts, is hoping this campaign’s perfect start will also bear a perfect end by shooting Matsatsantsa to silverware and winning the top goalscorer award when the curtain falls on this season’s MTN8 edition.
Grobler and Gabuza’s lethal partnership has yielded 10 goals across all competitions so far and Grobler explains why they may be a handful for many this season.
In echoing Grobler’s words, Thamsanqa Gabuza heaps praise on United coach Kaitano Tembo for striking a good combination upfront. The 32 year- old Newcastle-born has taken to life in Pretoria like a duck to water following a nail-biting period on the sidelines at Orlando Pirates.
Matsatsantsa are looking to make it a hat trick of MTN8 finals and hoist aloft a trophy they last won in 2017. For Sundowns, they are yet to win the competition under its current name, with their last success coming all the way back in 2007.
Gabuza says though they go into the game with the underdog tag, an early goal will make all the difference.
Gabuza is top goal-scorer in the MTN8 with three goals – a brace against Bidvest Wits and one against Mamelodi Sundowns. – Report by Tumi Gabonamong