Two ambitious coaches, Benni McCarthy and Eric Tinkle, will battle it out for the MTN8 honours when they meet in the cup’s final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday Night.
The game will comprise of various dynamics around the two coaches as well as their clubs. Tinkler was the man who guided Cape Town City to the Telkom Knockout trophy last season and a high league finish in their debut season as a newly formed City’s side before leaving them at the end of the season for current club SuperSport United. Tinkler will look to continue his evident growth as a coach by adding the MTN8 Trophy to his profile.
On the other hand, McCarthy who is at City’s helm in his debut season as a club coach will look to win his first trophy in his first season to get off the mark with ease. McCarthy has marvelled in his start as his team sit 3rd of the league log and has instilled a significant sense of confidence in his players. City has looked unshaken even after the departure of star man and captain Lebogang Manyama who left for Turkey.
Both teams look evenly balanced and equally ambitious and with the tactical abilities of the two coaches, and it is a difficult task to predict who will leave Moses Mabhida with the MTN8 trophy. United have the experience to win cups and City are a fearless team that will want to add another trophy to their cabinet after their birth in 2016. City showed their intent for glory when they beat Bidvest Wits in both legs of their semi-final and will look to finish off with the trophy.
The match will take place in Durban despite reports of heavy rain predicted to fall in the province, with 30% chances of thundershowers expected on Saturday night in Durban.