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26 September 2018, by: Thabang Kgeledi


Show me a person who doesn’t like some old-fashioned knock-out, winner takes all, tears at the end of the game MTN 8 final football and I will show you a person who thinks wearing socks with flip-flops is cool.

The MTN 8 final is this weekend. I love this cup final because the winner goes home with R8 million and the loser gets sent packing with only 10% of that amount. It’s so ridiculous and cool at the same time.

Here’s everything you need to know about the MTN 8 Final 2018.

The game will take place on Saturday the 29th of September 2018.

Supersport United will lock horns with Cape Town City at The Moses Mabhida Stadium – Kick off will be at 20h00 make sure your pesky kid is asleep before then.

MTN seems to have a love affair with Durban. The Moses Mabhida stadium will host the MTN 8 final for what feels like the 700 billionth time.

The Moses Mabhida Stadium will host the MTN 8 final for the fifth time since the tournament’s inception.

Supersport United and Cape Town City are up against each other in the MTN 8 final for the second year in a row. This is turning into a grudge match with no grudges.

Apart from their MTN 8 trophy win, Supersport United had a bad 2017/2018 season* but, without any significant changes to their team, have started off this campaign well. New coach Kaitano Tembo has lifted spirits, on occasion benched Thuso Phala, and has the team playing with confidence again (3 ingredients for success).

*side note: Supersport United were so bad that at one point I thought they might get relegated but then I thought to myself ‘would Supersport TV allow Supersport United to get relegated??’ I don’t think so. I’ll theorize on this sometime in the future.

Supersport United started their MTN 8 journey with a quarter-final win over highly favoured Orlando Pirates. Their 2-2 draw went to penalties where United won 4-3 in the shootout.

They went on to play Kaizer Chiefs in the 2 legged semi-finals. The first leg was drawn 2-2, United won the second leg 1-0 to see them go through.

Cape Town City’s season so far hasn’t been bad and it hasn’t been good either. Their most notable bad result was their 1-4 (it should have been 1-7) mauling by Kaizer Chiefs. But, they always seem to be in the conversation when it comes to cup competitions.

City handled the young Maritzburg United team with relative ease in the quarter-finals. They went on to face league champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the semis. Both teams won their respective games 1-0 at home. City came out tops in the penalty shootout 4-2.

Matsatsantsa a Pitori beat the Citizens 4-2 in the penalty shootout when the game finished 1-1 after extra time.

Benni McCarthy and his Cape Town City team should be plotting their revenge as you read this.

Well, my favourite to win the game is Supersport United. They have the experience, they are the defending champions, and the weather in Pretoria is better than it is in Cape Town.

Cape Town City’s defence is bad it has more holes than a sponge but it won’t be able to absorb the Supersport attack like one.

Supersport 1.65 VS Cape Town City 1.65


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