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Gordon Igesund: MTN8 final berth is anyone's for the taking

4:00 PM SGT 25/8/18
Dean Furman, SuperSport United & Kudakwashe Mahachi, Orlando Pirates, August 2018
The former Manning Rangers coach believes all the MTN8 semi-finalists have a chance to reach the final

Former SuperSport United coach Gordon Igesund says the upcoming MTN8 matches are tough to predict, but says his former club is becoming a cup specialist of note.

Igesund spoke to Goal where he previewed this weekend's matches.

Mamelodi Sundowns are up against Cape Town City on Saturday afternoon, while in the second match of the semi-finals, Kaizer Chiefs will visit Amatsantsantsa A Pitori on Sunday, and the former Bafana Bafana mentor reckons SuperSport have a chance to defend their trophy.

Igesund said the fact that Kaitano Tembo's men are fresh off a good run in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and Amakhosi are yet to win in the league means they stand a great chance, but warned that cup competitions are tricky to predict.

“These games are tough and all the clubs are aware that it's only one game to reach the final and a win will definitely give any team confidence,” Igesund told Goal.

“A win will help to reach the final and will also help to set the tone for the season going forward and in my view, the game between Cape Town City and Sundowns will be a humdinger,” he reacted.

“We all know Sundowns quality, Pitso (Mosimane) wants the trophy and City are always a difficult opponent at home after losing in the final last season – I think this will be very interesting for everyone this weekend,” said Igesund.

“You know it becomes difficult to predict these games and say who will come out tops after this weekend, but Supersport are doing well so far and in the league as well,” he continued.

“They beat (Orlando) Pirates and coach Kaitano (Tembo) will want to beat Chiefs too, so it is also interesting and I think all teams are capable of capable of reaching the final,” noted the former coach.

“For Chiefs, it is very important to do everything right and continue where they left off against Free State Stars,” said the former Cape Town Santos coach.

“They have a new coach and he will want to get combinations right and I think they play well, but they just need to score goals,” said the legendary coach.

“But I remember winning my first trophy with SuperSport and they are proving themselves to become one of the trophy specialists in the country – that is another interesting match,” he added.

“Winning a trophy as early in the season will help the players to believe they can go for many trophies and will ease the pressure as far as expectations are concerned,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Benni McCarthy's Citizens will face Masandawana at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday at 15:00 and the reigning champions will welcome the Soweto giants at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday at 15:00.