Friday Oct 04, 2019. 15:00
AfricanFootball.com takes a look at THREE KEY BATTLES that will decide the 2019 MTN8 final between Highlands Park and Supersport United at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.
Matsatsantsa will participate in their third straight MTN8 final, having lost to Cape Town City last year while the Lions of the North will make their first ever top eight final appearance.
Peter Shalulile vs Clayton Daniels
With six goals already this season and three in his last two games, Shalulile heads into this weekend’s fixture as the form striker. The Namibia international has been in consistent form for the past few seasons and will now be hoping to fire his team to a first top eight title.
Standing in his path to goal will be a resurgent Clayton Daniels. The 35-year-old defender has shown no signs of slowing down in recent weeks and has played a key role in SuperSport reaching a third successive MTN8 final.
Thela Ngobeni vs Bradley Grobler & Thamsanqa Gabuza
The Lions of the North shot-stopper could be a busy man in Orlando on Saturday as he sets his sights on club glory. Having yet to concede a goal in this season’s competition, Ngobeni is the form goalkeeper while he has already proven his ability in penalty shoot-outs should the game go so far.
SuperSport strike duo Grobler and Gabuza have already netted 10 goals between them across all competitions this season, working in tandem to fire Matsatsantsa into another final.
Mothobi Mvala vs Dean Furman
The duo will go head-to-head in an intriguing battle between two midfield workhorses. Mvala will lead the charge for Highlands while Furman’s role in playing anchor to the exciting talent in front of him has been integral to SuperSport’s success.
Mvala is not only key in breaking down opposition attacks, but has a serious knack for goals while Furman reads the game like other player on South African soil. This could be the key battle with whoever bosses the midfield to give the respective ‘weapons’ in front of them the necessary go-forwawd ball that will ultimately decide who leaves Orlando R8 million richer.