SUPERSPORT UNITED and Cape Town City renew rivalries in the second consecutive MTN8 final contested between these two sides when they clash at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.
The last edition of the competition saw the Pretoria outfit emerge victorious, denying City coach Benny McCarthy silverware in only his first three months as headcoach of a professional side.
This time around, the former FC Porto striker is determined to get hands on the big prize after a trophyless first season in charge.
“When I took the job, I said, I don’t want to be in this job for ten years, and I’m only contesting my first cup final. Fortunately, it’s only my second and twice we have been in a final,” McCarthy told SuperSport.
“Yes, I want to win it for the players, I think they deserve it. They have put in all the hard work and the effort. They deserve to be in two finals. We don’t want to become that team that gets to finals but can’t get over the line.”
City are up against a side with a reputation of being cup specialists, having won four trophies in the last three years.
Matsatsantsa have a new coach in tow following Kaitano Tembo’s appointment in a head coach capacity after years as part of the club’s backroom staff.
Supersport go into the final on a high, having found their form in their last league outing by beating Black Leopards 4-0.
HEAD TO HEAD
The two teams have met already this season, as they clashed in the opening weekend of the PSL campaign, with Cape Town City running off winners at home.
In cup competition, last year’s MTN8 final remains their only enco
unter, and it was Supersport who won 4-2 on penalties.
Both league clashes between these two sides last season failed to produce a winner as they held one another to a one-all draw in Pretoria before things ended goalless in Cape Town.
In their four league encounters since Cape Town City’s introduction into the big time, only one match has produced a winner, and that was Supersport United, who ran off 4-2 victors at home towards the end of the 2016/17 season.