Teko Modise is tipping the favourites to advance to the finals of the MTN8 as four sides become two this weekend.
Golden Arrows vs Sundowns – Saturday, 3pm
The kings of the league will be looking to advance to the final and in the process overcome a competition run that has left many of their fans confused.
The Brazilians, who drew with Chippa United midweek, have not won the MTN8 – or at least since it was rebranded. They last won this competition in 2007 and have lost in the semi-finals back in 2018 and 2019. Many believe it’s time for a change and they will be ready to use their superior head to head record with Arrows to put themselves into the finale. In cup battles, Masandawana lead 7-1 and also beat Arrows 2-0 in the last eight of this cup back in 2018.
The hosts will be hoping to regroup after being handed a heavy 3-1 defeat at SuperSport midweek.
“I don’t think Arrows will be able to match up this week against Sundowns, who should be ready to advance to the final,” says Teko Modise.
Cape Town City vs Swallows – Sunday, 5pm
“I’m fancying City’s chances in this one. In fact, it’s a golden opportunity to make the final,” adds Modise.
City have four points from two league games after drawing to SuperSport at home and then edging Real Kings 2-1.
The visitors also beat Real Kings albeit at home before drawing with Amazulu heading into this cup knockout battle.
Before last season, these two sides had never met so there is little historical data to reflect on. But one thing we do know is that City have a love affair with the MTN8.
City have appeared in every MTN8 competition since the club was formed in 2016 following the buy-out of Mpumalanga Black Aces. They made an immediate impact and were beaten finalists in 2017 before winning it the next season. A 2-1 away victory at AmaZulu puts them in line for a third final appearance.
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Grant Margeman is unlikely to be unveiled in time to take up a place in the Swallows lineup. The visitors have been rampant in the transfer market bringing in the likes of Mwape Musonda, Tebogo Langerman and Thandani Ntshumayelo. Continuity may be an issue early in the season.