SuperSport United are hoping to become only the second club in the history of the MTN8 tournament to defend the title.

The only team to have achieved this feat is Orlando Pirates.

They won the competition back to back on two occasions in the tournament’s 46-year history.

SuperSport won the trophy last season when they beat Cape Town City on penalties at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

They are once bitten, but hope not to be twice shy Cape Town City are still licking their wounds following their loss to SuperSport in the same tournament.

City showed lack of experience in that match. They scored first, but allowed SuperSport to equalise and win the MTN8 title.

The team’s assistant Coach Vasili Manousakis says this time they look to be more focussed.

“We want to correct the wrong of last season, especially the fact that the boys played particularly well in that game. You know they were unlucky to let it slip at the end, and of course penalties are a lottery.”

SuperSport first won the trophy in 2004, and have since become cup specialists.

Defender Morgan Gould says the hunger to win more trophies is what drives them.

“Dedication, hard work, patience and you must have a nerve of steel, you know, because it’s not easy. You might score the first goal; you might come and lose.”

“So, it’s just a lot of emotions that will go through the game. You must know how to balance everything.”

It’s a grudge match and fireworks are expected in Durban.

On paper, SuperSport are firm favourites, but City can cause an upset. The final kicks off at 7pm, and it will be screened live on SABC 1.