Edward May analyzes the key battles between coaches and players in the Orlando Pirates vs Bidvest Wits Nedbank Cup final 2014
This is due to their impressive campaign in the PSL that culminated in a third place finish, a superior and more consistent league season than the Soweto giants.
After coming off second in three finals this season, the Sea Robbers are aiming to leave no stone unturned in their fourth consecutive finale.
Oupa Manyisa has undoubtedly played the best football of his career to date. He has been ever-
present in their Orange Caf Champions League, MTN 8, Telkom Knockout, ABSA Premiership and Nedbank Cup excursions this term.
Manyisa's ability to delegate between the offensive and defensive stalls of the team is something that has drawn admirers from a few European suitors and African champions Al Ahly.
Most importantly, he has been the driving force behind Bucs's tremendous season and he will no doubt be the main factor to guiding the Soweto club to a second Nedbank Cup in three years and eight overall.
In the contender for the PSL Footballer of the Season Sibusiso Vilakazi, the Students possess the captain of their ship, a goalscorer as well as a supplier of note.
They also possess the man who has been key to them reaching this stage. Through his goalscoring and ability to orchestrate moves from the middle and then finishing them off, Vilakazi was able to lead Wits to dizzy heights this season.
Can VV lead Bucs to glory?
Ahead of their last eight tie against Mamelodi Sundowns, Bucs coach Vladimir Vermezovic stated that he can win Bucs the Cup. Now Vermezovic is well on-track to leading his charges to redemption.
His record in Cup finals in the PSL is satisfactory, bar defeat to the team he is managing now, in the 2011 MTN 8, he did manage to lead Kaizer Chiefs to successive TKO (Telkom Knockout) titles in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
This speaks of his profound nature in winning Cups, something that will be key in leading Bucs to lifting the Cup aloft.
Will Hunt's tactical acumen shoot Bucs?
Three-time Championship winning coach Gavin Hunt is regarded by some as our very own Jose Mourinho. His tactics are believed to be the very best in the country at present, and is playing his third successive Nedbank Cup final.
His astute tactical brain will be key in steering the Clever Boys to glory and a third Nedbank Cup title.