CAPE TOWN – There are just over two weeks to go for the first piece of silverware in South African football to be won this season.
Defending champions SuperSport United will have a chance to retain their title against Cape Town City in the MTN8 final, which is a repeat of last year’s decider.
That game was played at the same Moses Mabhida Stadium, which will again be the venue for the 2018 final on Saturday, September 29, with the match kicking off at 7pm.
The Premier Soccer League announced on Thursday that tickets have gone on sale, and are available at TicketPro, Spar supermarket stores, CNA, Postnet, Edgars and Jet at R40 for adults and R15 for children under 12.
Both coaches – Benni McCarthy (City) and Kaitano Tembo (SuperSport) – are vying for their first titles.
In last season’s decider, McCarthy was up against Eric Tinkler, who is now in charge of Chippa United.
The Citizens actually took the lead in the 2017 final, with Sibusiso Masina scoring in the 20th minute.
McCarthy’s side made it all the way to the 80th minute without conceding until Thabo Mnyamane netted for Matsatsantsa.
The game went to a penalty shoot-out, and Lyle Lakay and Judas Moseamedi had their spot-kicks saved by Ronwen Williams.
This time around, McCarthy will be hoping for a different outcome.
Before the final, though, City will face Kaizer Chiefs in a league game on Saturday (3pm), while SuperSport United take on Orlando Pirates on the same day (8.15pm).
City’s last game before the final is against Pirates on Wednesday, September 19 (7.30pm), while SuperSport face Black Leopards on Sunday, September 23 (3pm).@ashfakmohamed