By PRECIOUS RAJANE and AMOGELANG RAMELA
AS the preparations of the sold-out final of the MTN8 between the Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are taking shape, the big question is which team will be smiling all the way to the bank after the match.
The two rivals face each other this coming Saturday at the FNB Stadium at 8pm with Pirates hoping to defend the title while Chiefs will be looking forward to win this competition for the second time.
The Naturena based-side has won this have already lost a number of games to Pirates and it remain to be seen if those records will have an impact in this one.
The mighty Amakhosi annexed this competition in 2008 and it is no secret that they are hungry for success in terms of silver-wares.
Last year Chiefs lost to Pirates in the second leg of the semifinals which resulted to Pirates going through the final and they ultimately won the title.
Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic is not pressured by the opposite’s team consistency and good e performance.
“The players have been responding positively at training, and they are looking forward to this game. We not pressured by anything, this is a big game and a must win for us.”
“I hope it is going to be a good game, we are not facing any problems at the moment as my key players such as Simphiwe Tshabalala, Lehlogonolo Majoro and Reneilwe Letsholonyane are back in training so we hope to make the fans happy.” said the Chiefs mentor.
On the other hand, the Pirates coach, Julio Leal was equally positive about their campaign to defend this title, but has since warned his players to guard against complacency.
“Pirates as the club has its own past achievements which is a full prove that we have what is takes to win this title, however my players must not be fooled by their recent good performance because you are only good at your last match,” pointed out Leal.
He added: “We have so many fans who are looking up to us and at the same time maintaining our reputation as the champions, hence we have had enough time to prepare for this match which we have to win at all cost so as to prove that our past victories which stand like a museum was no fluke.”
Pirates will however have to do it minus Bennie McCarthy (suspension) and Tlou Segolela (injured), but the likes of Bongani Ndulula, Oupa Manyisa and Thulasizwe Mbuyane could a prove a lot in this match.