SOWETO RIVALS PROMISE THRILLER
By Lucky Khanyile
Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs are set to play an entertaining final in the MTN 8 when these two lock horns at Moses Mabhida stadium on Saturday evening.
This was revealed by the two respective assistant coaches at a press conference held at Moses Mabhida Stadium on 18 September. They might be rivals but Eric “Mlungu” Tinkler of Pirates and Doctor “16v” Khumalo of Chiefs agree on one thing- that fans should expect fireworks.
“It is vital for us to win this game since we played in four cup finals last year, winning only one. We are ready to go out there and dish out some entertaining football for our fans,” said Tinkler.
The Sea Robbers, as Pirates is affectionately known, have confidence and are ready to change their fortunes in the final. They displayed good football but only managed one trophy out of a possible four last term.
“We have a coach who has a winning mentality and therefore we will change the tough luck we encountered last season,” said the former Bidvest Wits assistant mentor.
His former Bafana Bafana teammate, Khumalo, believes the game has changed over the years and it is more technical. The former Chiefs player revealed that they will play for the fans. He believes that the coach that will plan well is most likely to be victorious.
“We will go out there and display good attacking football so that our fans will have bragging rights. It is not about the money but about winning, Khumalo said. “The best tactician will win this game and we respect VV (Vladimir Vermezovic). That is why we will tread carefully, especially since he is our former coach,” He added.
Pirates have their whole team available for selection, including Thandani Ntshumayelo, who had suffered a muscle strain against Wits. Their rivals will be without skipper Itumeleng Khune and marksman, Katlego “Killer” Mphela due to injuries.