ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR THE 2017 MTN8 FINAL
Written by: Venal Naidu
The highly anticipated MTN8 final between Supersport United and Cape Town City will take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
Both teams progressed to the final with 3-1 aggregate score lines, with Supersport United beating Maritzburg United and Cape Town City beating Bidvest Wits.
Assistant Coach of Supersport United, Kaitano Tembo, feels that his team and players know what is required of them on Saturday as they are quite experienced.
“The Yeye’s (Letsholonyane), the Dean Furmans, they need no motivation to play at this level, we really lucky to have the players that we have in our team so we are looking forward to the game,” said Tembo.
Tembo however elaborated that it is important to remain focused on Saturday as anything could happen.
“We have been to many cup finals, some we have lost and some we have won and Saturday’s game is no different,” explained Tembo.
Assistant Coach of Cape Town City, Ian Taylor, says that Supersport United’s jam packed fixture list because of their involvement in African competition can be a positive or a negative for them.
“It can work for you or it can work against you, for them fatigue can set in after playing a lot of games, it’s how you manage your players and it’s how you offload them especvially the older ones,” said Taylor.
Taylor also mentioned that there would be preventative measures in place to deal with Supersport’s goal threat Jeremy Brockie.
“It’s not rocket science trying to figure out what he does, but he is very good at what he does it’s just a matter of marking him when he is in the box because he is a threat,” said Taylor.
Taylor also mentioned that recently appointed Coach Benni McCarthy is one of the reasons the club is doing so well.
“He is seen as more of a mentor to the players and that really helps them a lot,” ended Taylor.
The final with kick off at 19:00 and there will train services available if you are coming from Umlazi and KwaMashu.
*Caption: Assistant Coach of Supersport United Kaitano Tembo and Assistant Coach of Cape Town City Ian Taylor shake hands ahead of Saturdays Final.