All roads lead to the majestic Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban for the hugely anticipated MTN8 final between Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday night.
This final, will be the third meeting between the two sides in the MTN8 after a two-legged
Semi-final clash in 2018 tournament where Cape Town City triumphed on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate score and went on to lift the trophy.
The only other knockout clash between these sides was in the Nedbank Cup, quarter-final in
2018 which Sundowns won 2-1 through goals by Percy Tau and former captain Hlompho Kekana while Surprise Ralani netted for City.
Cape Town City and Sundowns have met on 13 previous occasions in all competitions and the record is exactly even with six wins each and just a single draw but Sundowns have outscored their opponents 17-14.
That is due to their two league clashes last season that finished 2-0 (away) and 3-0 (home) to The Brazilians.
Cape Town City VS Mamelodi Sundowns
It is worth noting that despite their success and dominance of the domestic scene recently, Sundowns have never lifted the MTN8 trophy in its current guise, their last win in the competition was in 2007 when they beat Orlando Pirates 1-0.
On the benches, both teams have experience of winning this tournament with Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi having led Golden Arrows to the title in 2009 with a thumping 6-0 victory over Ajax Cape Town.
The 6-0 score line remains the biggest win in a cup final in South African football history.
On the other hand, coach Eric Tinkler laid his hands on this trophy when he was in charge of SuperSport United in 2017 and ironically Matsatsantsa beat his current side Cape Town City in the final.
Tinkler and Mngqithi will be looking to become just the seventh coach to win the trophy multiple times and follow in the footsteps of Stanley ‘Screamer’ Tshabalala, won it on three occasions, while Kaizer Motaung, Jeff Butler, Eddie Lewis, Muhsin Ertugral and Gordon Igesund each won twice.
Pick: Sundowns Wins by 0.52 at BetXChange