All eight teams that finished in the top eight in last season’s Absa Premiership have set their sights on winning the season’s first cup competition.
The MTN8 competition is arguably the easiest to win with the winners to pocket R8 million after playing just four matches.
Mamelodi Sundowns have won every cup competition on offer – the league as well as the Caf Champions League with Pitso Mosimane at the helm. However, the MTN8 has eluded the team and it is one the Brazilians will be looking to add to their trophy cabinet this season.
Mosimane has expressed his wish to add the MTN8 to the trophies he has won since he took over the coaching reigns at Sundowns.
Downs will host Bloemfontein Celtic in the quarterfinal of the competition on the 18 August at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Midfielder, Tiyani Mabunda says it would be very special for them as players and for their coach to win the MTN8.
Orlando Pirates last won a major cup competition in 2014 and the Buccaneers are eager to end their four year trophy drought.
The team has been impressive in the last two seasons since Coach Milutin Sredojevic took over and have been playing a brand of football which has brought their fans back to the stadiums. However, good football without anything to show for it is not enough and the team was the busiest in the transfer market during the off season.
Pirates will play Highlands Park in the quarter-final on the 17 August and Captain Happy Jele says they want to win the MTN8 for their supporters.