By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
KAIZER Chiefs and Orlando Pirates might be out of the MTN 8, but their fans will enjoy the first preference after both the MTN and the Premier Soccer League decided to take the final match of the competition to Orlando Stadium.
The final which will see Moroka Swllows take on SuperSport United on September 22 (kick-off at 8.15pm) will be played at this majestic venue after both the league and the sponsors confirmed this morning.
This will be for the second time that the final match of the Wafa Wafa Cup being played at this venue within a short space of three years. The first final tool place at the venue in 2009 which saw Golden Arrows ambushed the then troubled Ajax Cape Town with a 6-0 drubbing.
As for Matsatsantsa A Pitori, the final match at Orlando is a motivation on its own after the Tshwane-based side lifted the Nedbank Cup at this venue two months ago at the expense of neighbours, Mamelodi Sundowns whom they lambasted 2-0. United’s good results at the venue was also witnessed two weeks ago when they beat the home sides, Orlando Pirates 3-0 in a violence-torn semi-final match on their way to the final match.
Swallows on the other hand has been doing well in both the league and this competition, and if their performance in this competition which saw them scored seven goals in a two-legged semi-final matches against Mamelodi Sundows (a 3-3 draw away and a 3-2 victory at home) is anything to go by, then fans can expect an explosive final.
Ironically, just like SuperSport, the beautiful Birds has also registered a 3-0 victory against Pirates, and this time in the league match played at the same venue last weekend.
PSL’s acting CEO, Cambridge Mokanyane said as the league they are extremely excited about the forthcoming final.
“We have already seen quality of football during the quarter-finals and the semi-finals of the MTN 8 and have no doubt that this final will produce another spectacular experience for the fans. Together with MTN we will pull all stops to ensure that we put together a great event that will leave lasting memories on the minds and hearts of supporters.
Added Serame Taukobong, MTN’s chief marketing officer: “MTN is all about connecting its customers with their passion for the beautiful game and with the MTN 8 final, we aim to ensure that the MTN customers have unforgettable experience. For the final, MTN is working around the clock to put an unforgettable spectacular.”
The captains of both sides, Lifa Tsutsulupa and Thabo September were equally sure that their clubs will lift the title.