The stage is set for eight of the Premier Soccer League’s top teams to compete for the top prize in this year’s MTN8 competition.
The ultimate prize in a whopping R8000 000 in prize money in a winner takes all basis. The PSL has confirmed the fixtures for this year’s MTN8 quarter-finals, with the matches set to take begin this Saturday.
To get this round of the competition underway, Mamelodi Sundowns will host Golden Arrows at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday at 15h00.
The match will be followed by that of Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at FNB Stadium at 18h00.
At the Orlando Stadium later in the evening from 20h30, Orlando Pirates will renew their rivalry with SuperSport United in one of the eagerly awaited matches of the quarter-finals.
The last match of the quarter-finals will be at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday where Maritzburg United will host last year’s finalist in Cape Town City.
A former champion of the competition Tintswalo Tshabalala, who played an influential role for Platinum Stars when they beat Orlando Pirates 3-1 on penalties in the 2013 Final to lift their first ever MTN8 trophy, believes that Sundowns is a team to watch in this year’s instalment of the competition.
“All I can say to all the teams in the competition is that if you are not united as a group the chances of you winning the cup will be very slim. There is no way that you will win. You can have all the best players in your team, but if you are not united you won’t win. Coaches will have to play a very big role in making sure that unity is there among their teams,” said Tshabalala.
“From having watched some of the matches so far, I see that Sundowns is still playing with their style that we know them for. Their structure is still the same and they haven’t changed much. For me, Sundowns is the team to watch out for. As for the rest of the teams, I won’t lie to you…you also can see when watching football that there isn’t much to write home about on them,” added the former midfielder.
Scorpion, as Tshabalala is known in football circles, has pointed out that the Pirates and SuperSport match does have the potential to be one of the entertaining quarter-final encounters.
“It’s going to be interesting but I don’t think it’s going to be a great game that you can go and say ‘wow’ about,” concluded the 35-year-old.