Nedbank Cup final will be ‘fireworks’

2016-06-01 06:00
Pirates head coach Eric Tinkler has been lucky to keep his job until the end of the season.PHOTO: supplied

Pirates head coach Eric Tinkler has been lucky to keep his job until the end of the season.PHOTO: supplied

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ON Saturday the country is expected to come to a standstill when the two PSL giants, Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United, lock horns in the Nedbank Cup final at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo.

AmaBhakabhaka - Pirates - has been blowing hot and cold this season and were lucky to make it to the top eight on the final day of their campaign.

Also, Pirates head coach, Eric Tinkler, has been lucky to keep his job until the end of the season.

The Pretoria-based outfit took their game to the next level after they sacked Gordon Igesund and brought in the former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter, and since then United­ look different and are one of the sides to watch in the PSL.

Whatever the case, during the Ke Yona final, the current form, match statistics, history and previous scores are thrown out of the window.

The final between the Soweto outfit and the Pretoria team will have all the ingredients for producing fireworks.

Buccaneers captain Thabo Matlaba this week agreed that the Sea Robbers did not have a smooth campaign this season, but the final on Saturday will be a total different ball game. Matlaba says to be in the Nedbank Cup final will give them the chance of making fans happy.

“Our league campaign was not convincing and most of our followers are not 100% happy. To win the final on Saturday will heal their wounds and round off our current season with a trophy. It’s going to be tough, we respect our opponent, but we can’t allow them to spoil our plans,” said Matlaba.

SuperSport United right winger Thuso Phala says his side will go all out to spoil Pirates’ day because Soweto­ teams think they are untouchable.

“Our aim is to play well on Saturday so we can take the Nedbank Cup home,”said Phala.

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