The day has finally come for Chiefs or Maritzburg to join SupersSport United and Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 semi-finals.
Amakhosi will host the Team of Choice at the FNB Stadium as the great Gavin Hunt makes his debuts at South Africa’s biggest club.
Chiefs face quite a blow with the absence of four senior players: Samir Nurkovic, Leonardo Castro (both injured), Lebohang Manyama and Willard Katsande (both suspended). Additionally, the club is still waiting on the appeal judgement on its FIFA two-year transfer ban before making any signings.
Itumeleng Khune is also expected to start after Hunt confirmed that the club made an admin blunder to overlook Daniel Akpeyi’s expired passport.
On the opposite side, Eric Tinkler will only miss Kwanda Mngomnyama, while goalkeeper Richard Ofori is already at Orlando Pirates finalizing his move. As far as new faces, Maritzburg are expected to hand a debut to Ali Meza up front, and possibly the likes of Thabo Cele, Sibusiso Hlubi, Riyaaz Ismail and Malebogo Modise.
Line Up predictions:
Chiefs: Khune, Mphahlele, Cardoso, Mathoho, Zulu, Agay, Baccus, Zuma, Billiat, Ntshangase, Kambole.
Maritzburg: Mphandle, Allie, Sanoka, De Rueck, Morgan, Ntshangase, Buchanan, Claasen, Kutumela, Meza, Moseamedi.
Match kick off will be 15:00 at the FNB Stadium.