Pipped at the final hurdle, Kaizer Chiefs start the new campaign against the defending champions with both squads coached by new faces.
Gavin Hunt is in charge of Chiefs, a glamourous outfit that is now 5 years without a trophy while Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena together with Steve Komphela from Lamontville Golden Arrows are leading Sundowns bid to defend their crown.
Typically Hunt has played up the mind games ahead of the big fixture suggesting Sundowns did the right albeit unconventional thing by going with 3 coaches to replace Pitso Mosimane.
The Chiefs tactician, who watched his side come from a goal down to beat Maritzburg United last week, also played down his opposition’s loss in the MTN8.
“I think it’s way too early. I mean anybody who understands football could see they should have won the game comfortably on Sunday‚” Hunt said.
“They’ve got a helluva squad of players. They’ve retained everybody and added.
“So we are under no illusions that it’s going to be a very tough game for us‚ and we’ll take it as it comes on Saturday.”
Regardless of the mind games, Hunt’s Chiefs will start as underdogs according to the betting market. But many neutrals feel they might go on and win this match with a more settled squad than their rivals and the hunger to go one step further than last season.
It’ll be up to Samir Nurkovic, Leonardo Castro, Lebogang Manyama and of course, Khama Billiat, to lead Amakhosi over the line. Two goals will certainly be enough to get the job done in round one.