The MTN8 semi-final is here. This evening offers the Tshwane derby between Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United. Futaa looks at the three battles that should determine who’ll make the 2019 final.
Though this competition isn’t the only realistic chance for Sundowns or SuperSport to win a trophy, it is however never guaranteed you’ll win the later tournaments.
The 1-1 draw in the first leg at SuperSport will have us paying close attention on those away goals.
Kaitano Tembo’s men are unbeaten in five games, most recently in a 3-3 draw with Cape Town City. SuperSport will visiting Sundowns with some high ambitions in mind.
Other yellow side, Sundowns return from a breezy trip in the Seychelles. Pitso Mosimane's second stream side collected a 5-0 win. The event was of course a CAF Champions League group stage qualifier. But tonight is the Absa Premiership’s MTN8. No team is a walkover around here...
If either side will win tonight, they must win the following three battles:
- Hlompho Kekana vs Dean Furman
Many people won’t give Furman much of a chance here. Why really? Well, in Kekana you get three key offerings in great supply: passing, assists and best of all, cracking long-range shots into the net. But Furman is no slouch. The SuperSport skipper is one of the hardest-working central midfielders in the country.
- Themba Zwane vs Onismor Bhasera
Sundowns’ silky-smooth operator Zwane will battle a hard iron man. Zwane vs Bhasera is creativity meets discipline and simplicity. The Zimbabwean will stay tight, yet Zwane will be elusive. Should the man known as “Mshishi” battle with the hard-tackling left-back, expect Zwane to move to the left or central.
- Bradley Grobler vs Wayne Arendse
While Grobler is a dangerous predator that is dangerous in the air and on the grass, Arendse faces his ilk in CAF. Think Egyptian, Moroccans and Tunisians center-forwards who resemble Grobler. So will the veteran put the Absa Premiership’s top goalscorer in his pocket?
We’ll find out all the outcomes by 19:30 this evening. Who’ll march on to meet Highlands Park in the 2019 MTN8 final?