Rulani Mokwena at MTN8 press conference

MTN8 Semis: Make-or-break for the Soweto giants

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It will be a make-or-break for MTN8 semi-finalist this weekend when they face off in the potentially thrilling second leg of the semi-finals.

The quartet, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Stellenbosch are all fancying their chances of reaching the finals.

But who has the easiest route to the final with the second leg of the MTN semi-finals around the corner?

Defending MTN8 Champions, Orlando Pirates plunge into the second-leg with a huge advantage after beating Stellenbosch 2-1 in the first-leg.

The sea robbers however face Stellies on the backfoot of two defeats to Jwaneng Galaxy and Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions league and local league respectively.

It remains to be seen whether they manage to shrugg off the bad patch when they host the Mother City based side on Sunday at the Orlando stadium.

Last time out Zakhele Lepasa and Deon Hotto scored the decisive goals for Jose Riviero’s men, while Ismaël Olivier Touré got the goal for Steve Barker’s men.


However the Spanish tactician, Jose Riviero is first to admit that circumstances have changed since the first leg.

“The intention is to win the match. The advantage that we have is a fact. We are leading 2-1 but we know Stellenbosch very well.

“We know what’s coming, so we are ready to offer a good fight. What happened yesterday [against Mamelodi Sundowns] is not frequent.Yesterday we couldn’t be ourselves.

“I’m not worried about that because we will analyse what happened together as a team in order to understand prepare. It’s an oppurtunity for us to be in the final one more time and the guys really want it,” he said.

On the other hand, Mamelodi Sundowns are aiming to be ruthless in their approach when they face Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Molefi Ntseki At MTN8 press conference


Ahead of this one, Rulani Mokwena and his men are bubbling with confidence, sitting pretty at the apex of the PSL standings plus an impressive 31-match unbeaten run.

The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw at the FNB stadium. Defender, Khuliso Mudau cancelled out Edson Castillo’s goal to dent Chiefs’ hopes of winning the first leg.

Undoubtedly, this one is a must win for Amakhosi who continue with their bid to end their eight year trophy drought.

And coach Molefi Ntseki is bullish ahead of the match, confident of dumping Sundowns out of the competition.

“We are looking forward to the game. Its 1-1 and I feel we have an advantage despite being the away team.

“We know that for us it’s a cup final. We talk of a semi-final but you can’t be in a final if you don’t win the semi-final.

“For us, we are looking foward to do our best and win the match and reach the final. Things going our way, we want to be in the final and win it.

“Sundowns and Chiefs, it will be a humdinger type of a game. We are mentally aware of what is ahead of us and what is expected from us.

“As Kaizer Chiefs, we are going into this match courageous. The only result that will be good is the one that helps us achieve our objective,” Ntseki said.

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