Despite having won the cup while it was the SAA Cup and then as coach of SuperSport United in 2004, the MTN8 remains elusive for Mamelodi Sundowns Coach, Pitso Mosimane. Sundowns hosts Cape Town City in their second leg semi-final at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.
Kaizer Chiefs who are wind-less in the league this season, take on SuperSport United in the other semi-final on Saturday evening. Although their first match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville ended in a draw, Kaizer Chiefs will have the advantage when they host SuperSport United on Saturday evening.
Coach Giovanni Solinas is relieved about this. ”We start with an advantage because we score two goals in the first leg, but the game is not over. The result is still open so we need a good mentality approach because SuperSport plays well and is strong, so the result is still open and the job is not finished.”
SuperSport United won the MTN8 last season, beating Cape Town City 4-2 on penalties in the final. Since new coach Kaitano Tembo took over the coaching reigns, SuperSport have been flying high.
SuperSport midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane is confident that they can cause an upset on Saturday evening. ”We are not disappointed with how we played, we are not disappointed with the result, the only thing that I can say we are disappointed with is conceding those goals because they were soft goals, and we are working towards improving that so that we cannot do the same mistake on Saturday.”
Sundowns on the other hand, has won almost every title on offer in Africa, including the CAF Champions League and the Super Cup. The team hosts Cape Town City at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.
Coach, Pitso Mosimane, says the team must score goals to advance to the final.
”What encourages us is that we are creating the chances but we have to convert them to goals, creating chances doesn’t mean anything if you don’t convert them so a game where we have to score, we can’t afford a draw, a draw is not good enough. ”
Author: Prudence Makhubalo