Moses Mabhida to host inaugural DStv Compact Cup

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Team captains Makhehlene Makhaula, Happy Jele, Thabo Nodada and Sello Motsepe during the official launch of the DStv Compact Cup in Durban this week. Photo: Darren Stewart / Gallo Images
Team captains Makhehlene Makhaula, Happy Jele, Thabo Nodada and Sello Motsepe during the official launch of the DStv Compact Cup in Durban this week. Photo: Darren Stewart / Gallo Images

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The PSL’s version of fantasy football will be on display when the inaugural DStv Compact Cup gets under way at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Fans will get to see dream combinations and players they never thought could work together.

Team line-ups and coaches have been voted for by the fans in a similar concept to the Carling Black Label Cup that has been contested by Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs over the past few years.

Critics have labelled the Compact Cup as a gimmick, as the league struggles to bring back excitement in football post the pandemic.

Fan-favourite Itumeleng Khune will make his return to the pitch. The veteran Chiefs goalkeeper has been voted in to start for Warriors FC, who will take on Amabutho at 6pm.

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Although these are just exhibition games, Khune will mark a rare appearance on the field since his last match for Chiefs in the MTN8 quarterfinal against Mamelodi Sundowns at the start of the season.

He will team up with the Pirates duo of Thembinkosi Lorch and Happy Jele, and Swallows FC defender Thabo Matlaba in a team guided by Swallows coach Dylan Kerr.

Their opponents, Amabutho, are coached by former Chiefs mentor Ernst Middendorp. Their starting XI comprises of AmaZulu stars Veli Mothwa, Tapelo Xoki and Luvuyo Memela, as well as Royal AM in-form striker Victor Letsoalo.

“This is a really good initiative by the sponsors [DStv], especially if you consider the fact that fans have not been in the stadium for a very long time due to the pandemic.” Warriors coach Kerr said: 

This has allowed them to be a part of the team [through the voting process] and, more importantly, have a say and influence on the game [with the selection of line-ups].

In the other clash, Coastal United will square off against Dinaledi at 3pm.

On their roster, Coastal have players such as Terrence Mashego, Thabo Nodada (both from Cape Town City) and Baroka FC striker Evidence Makgopa. They will be coached by Stellenbosch FC mentor Steve Barker.

Dinaledi, on the other hand, are trained by Dan Malesela, whose squad boasts the talents of SuperSport United stars Sipho Mbule and Teboho Mokoena, as well as Kermit Erasmus of Mamelodi Sundowns.

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Coastal captain Nodada said: “It is important for us to give the fans the respect that they deserve and this can only be through displaying good performances. All the players who have been selected are here because fans made the effort of voting. This simply means that each and every player who is here cannot afford to take this competition lightly.”

The winners will face off in the final at FNB Stadium next weekend.

DSTV COMPACT CUP SEMIFINAL FIXTURES

  • Coastal United vs Dinaledi (3pm)
  • Warriors vs Amabutho (6pm)

Both matches will be played at Moses Mabhida Stadium


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