The MTN8 kicks off the new season this weekend with Orlando Pirates hosting Cape Town City as the one to watch.
The Bucs, who are looking for their first title since the Nedbank Cup in 2014, have a new look squad. Again. It’s been almost impossible to keep a track of the comings and goings at Pirates but the club have at least brought in some players likely to solidify their lineup.
Thulani Hlatshwayo, Deon Hotto, Terrence Dzvukamanja all arrived from the now defunct Bidvest Wits to aid Josef Zinnabuer’s push for silverware.
“All is possible in football. When you have a chance, you can win the league, the cup and CAF competition. But you have to work hard. And that is the focus that we need in the team,” Zinnabuer said.
“You cannot say that when we have six to seven games, then we start by working and then we go back to being casual. It’s not possible this season. We have to fight and give a 100 per cent effort in all the games. When we do that, we have a chance of winning the games and then titles.”
Since losing back to back finals five years ago, it’s been four consecutive knockouts at the first hurdle.
Cape Town City
The winners of the MTN8 in 2018 were one of the teams that found the “Bio Bubble” easy. Now, though the Cape’s No 1 club must start all over again and without key duo Roland Putsche and Kermit Erasmus.
Coming into the club are players that aren’t strangers to the franchise with Mpho Matsi and Aubrey Ngoma returning. Also joining are Fagrie Lakay, Terrence Mashego and young attacking midfielder Sanele Gaxa.
Whether or not Cape Town City coach Jan Olde Riekerink can integrate his new players quick enough to down the star power Pirates posssess remains to be seen.
Suggested bet: First half draw at 2.00