Ahead of the highly-anticipated MTN8 final between Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns, here are five players to watch for the showdown at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Citizens come into this game with a bit of confidence after defeating Golden Arrows 4-3 in a thrilling DSTV Premiership encounter last weekend.
Sundowns, meanwhile, managed to secure their place in the Caf Champions League group stages after they claimed a 4-2 aggregate victory over AS Maniema Union in their second preliminary round clash this past Sunday.
5 PLAYERS TO WATCH
Peter Shalulile – Mamelodi Sundowns
The Namibian international has been an inspiration for the Brazilians so far this season and is currently in red-hot form after helping his side defeat AS Maniema Union in the Caf Champions League to reach the group stages of the competition.
Shalulile picked up from last season where he netted 22 goals in all competitions by already scoring eight goals in 11 matches, taking his overall tally to 30 goals from 51 games.
The Brazilians will look to Shalulile to fire them to victory and snatch the trophy that has eluded them over the past few seasons.
Lyle Lakay – Mamelodi Sundowns
The 30-year-old full-back is known for his superb free-kicks and his vision in assisting goals, which proved dividends last campaign when he racked up eight assists and five goals in 38 appearances across all competitions.
The former SuperSport United versatile player like Shalulile is a man in form, having netted one of his trademarked free-kicks in their win over AS Maniema Union in the previous game but his form stretches across all competitions, having already assisted four goals and scored one goal in 11 appearances across all competitions.
Lakay will undoubtedly play a key role in attack and defence for Sundowns when he comes up against his former team.
Mduduzi Mdantsane – Cape Town City
The 26-year-old is in a rich vein of form and is currently the Citizens top scorer so far this season, with four goals in his first 10 games across all competitions.
Having found the net in his previous appearance for City against Arrows, Mdantsane will play an influential role in the heart of their midfield as he will be hoping to continue his current momentum.
Denis Onyango – Mamelodi Sundowns
The Ugandan shot-stopper has been a constant between the sticks for Sundowns and played a crucial role in helping them reach the milestone of going 10 DStv Premiership games without conceding a goal.
Onyango currently sits at the top of the table for the most clean sheets in the league with six and an overall of seven in all competitions and he could change the complexion of the game at key moments.
Bradley Ralani – Cape Town City
Although Ralani is yet to find the back of the net in seven league appearances, he has already bagged two goals in the top eight competition when he scored a brace in their semi-final second leg against Swallows FC to guide them to the final.
The attacking midfielder plans to carry that performance over to the game against the Dube Birds as he looks for his second MTN8 title, having won it with City back in the 2018-19 season.