Ndlanya: Chiefs, Sundowns May Have Advantage Over Pirates
Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Pollen Ndlanya believes Amakhosi and Mamelodi Sundowns may have an early advantage over Orlando Pirates this season, given the Carling Black Label Cup's cancellation and the emergence of the Shell Helix Ultra Cup.
The Black Label Cup has become a staple in South African football as Chiefs and Pirates usually lock horns in a pre-season Soweto derby, although this year's World Cup finals in Russia have seen the game scrapped for 2018.
However, a new initiative will see Chiefs take on reigning league champions Sundowns later this month in a new curtain-raiser ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, and Ndlanya feels these kinds of pre-season games can give teams and coaches a big advantage heading into the season.
"I think it's good for both teams (Chiefs and Sundowns), because of where they're taking their players going forward, especially the new signings," Ndlanya told the Siya crew.
"It's good for the coaches and it's good for the teams to play that kind of pre-season game.
"It's not like a friendly game - it's nothing like a friendly game when big teams meet.
"The Kaizer Chiefs supporters will also want to see them beat Sundowns, and when you play big teams, it gives a boost to the players, who get more confidence, and the coaches, they get the chance to see 'ok, we can do better here and there'."
Who do you think will walk away with title honours in the inaugural Shell Helix Ultra Cup this coming weekend?