There is little to choose from when the Nedbank Cup final between TTM and Chippa United kicks off at the Free State Stadium on Saturday.
The finale of the lucrative cup competition kicks off at 6pm with two teams both looking to win their first ever title.
It’s a clash of the underdogs with TTM sitting in 14th and Chippa in 15th in the PSL. The latter have won two in a row while TTM will start fresh off a victory against Kaizer Chiefs.
In all, TTM have picked up nine points from their last five league matches to keep their hopes of staying in the top-flight alive.
There isn’t a lot of historic data to look at when it comes to clashes between the finalists. In the 2019 Nedbank Cup, Kurt Lentjies and Mark Mayambela handed Chippa a 2-0 win over the then second-tier TTM. In their only league encounter this season, the teams walked away with a share of the points following a 1-1 draw.
From the team news, Chippa United’s longest-serving player, Andile Mbenyane, will miss out on the contest. Looking to fill his inspirational boots will be the pair of Kurt Leintjies and Anthony Laffor; both have experience in buckets and a keen eye for goal.
TTM’s most influential player will be a former Chilli Boys player in the shape of Thabo Rakhale. Known for his dribbling skills, he has scored twice in his last four matches in the PSL.
TTM’s route to the final:
Beat SuperSport United, Swallows FC, Black Leopards and Mamelodi Sundowns
Chippa’s route to the final:
Cape Town City, Free State Stars, Richards Bay and Pretoria Callies