Mamelodi Sundowns' Lyle Lakay backs former side Cape Town City in their pursuit of MTN8 crown

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The Masandawana winger has backed his former team to win this season's MTN8 trophy

Mamelodi Sundowns winger Lyle Lakay says he supports Cape Town City in their pursuit of MTN8 glory as they take on SuperSport United in the final this weekend.

The Citizens are hoping to lift the lucrative crown especially after overcoming Lakay's Brazilians this season and will hope to avoid their second defeat to Amatsantsantsa A Pitori, who beat them during last season's final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

“Obviously I want Cape Town City to win,” Lakay said to IOL.

Although, the Cape Town-born winger has since joined the Brazilians during the recent transfer window, he says he remains part of the football family in the Mother City.

On the other hand, the former Bloemfontein Celtic man was part of Benni McCarthy's suqad that lost to the reigning MTN8 champions last season in Durban.

“We are like a family with the majority of the guys at Cape Town City,” he explained.

“I grew up with the guys in the team. Obviously, with the help that Benni McCarthy gave me, I support them. Losing in the final with Cape Town City last year also adds to that,” said the Masandawana versatile player.

“Hopefully, they can win. We (Sundowns) couldn’t go all the way, so hopefully they can,” he concluded.

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A look back at their road to the final, City defeated Maritzburg United in the quarter-finals before dispatching the reigning Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions over a two-legged semi-final encounter.

For the Tshwane giants, they faced tough opponents in Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in the previous stages and are seen as favourites to successfully defend their crown.

Prior to the final, coach Kaitano Tembo led his men to a 4-0 win over Black Leopards in the league last weekend whilst McCarthy's troops showed resilience as they fought back to hold the Buccaneers last week in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

The clash will be staged at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening at 18:00 and the winner will walk away with a whopping R8 million in prize money and the coveted trophy.

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