By AMOGELANG RAMELA and PRECIOUS RAJANE
MAMELODI Sundowns and SuperSport United fans are likely to watch their favourite clubs involved in the second Tshwane derby in the final match on September 22.
That is if the Brazilians can beat Moroka Swallows with Matsatsantsa A Pitori winning theirs against the high-ridding Orlando Pirates whom they were pitted against in the semi-final matches of the MTN 8 billed for August 18 and 19 (first leg) with the second leg matches taking place on August 25 and 26.
Sundowns gained the passage through to these semis after they went on a rampage, embarrassing Kaizer Chiefs with a 4-1 drubbing at the Loftus Stadium in Tshwane yesterday while SuperSport narrowly escaped with a 2-1 victory over Free State Stars at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday.
Should they beat Swallows and Pirates, Sundowns and SuperSport will see themselves in the second Tshwane derby final match within a short space of three months, something which is very rare in the South African domestic league. In June the two sides played each other in the final match of the Nedbank Cup which saw United winning 2-0 to lift the Ke Yona Cup title.
United’s captain, Thabo September told Sports Focus that it is one of the matches where they will just have to set their record straight and aim for gold. “It is not going to be an easy one, but playing at home gives us the privilege to do better.” Explained September
He also added that the new players got it right and are good players, whom are all playing as a team and supporting on another.
Sundowns’ opponents in the semi-final match, Moroka Swallows whom they beat 4-0 in the league match last season cannot be underestimated this time around, especially after they redeemed themselves by beating Amazulu 2-0 in the quarter-final match played at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.
The beautiful Birds captain, Lefa Tsutsulupa said the team is prepared for Sundowns and is not intimidated by their heavy victory over Chiefs in the quarter-final match.
“Every team here is tough and has quality players; we will take the following game as serious as all the games we play. We had our downs after the changing of the coach, but everyone has settled well.”
He added that they want to rewrite the historical books of this competition which has eluded them since 1980 as they last time they laid their hands to the glittering silver-ware was back in 1979.
“Sundowns must not be too big headed just because they beat Chiefs, we will come with our own strategy because we want to change our history, the last time the team won was when our father were playing and most of the current players were not even born.”
Orlando Prates, who didn’t start of very well in the MTN8 2012 with their winning goal coming from a penalty kick-spot Bloemfontein Celtics, will surely be aiming for goals. Even captain Lucky Lekgwathi said that they still have to work on their target shooting in order to get goals, because the players are doing a good job in pushing the ball towards the 18 area but goals are scarce.
Lucky also believes that the Bucs are capable of winning the MTN8 tournament for the third time in a row and also make history.