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Nathan Paulse tips Cape Town City to avenge 2017 MTN8 heartbreak

21:34 EAT 26/09/2018
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The former MTN8 champion expects a thrilling clash on Saturday as Amatsantsantsa A Pitori take on the Citizens

Former Ajax Cape Town striker Nathan Paulse believes the MTN8 final match is difficult to call, but is leaning towards Cape Town City.

The current Cape Umoya United striker says he believes SuperSport United will want to defend their trophy, but the Citizens might fight harder to lift the elusive crown.

“SuperSport are current holders and I have a feeling they will be confident to go out and defend their trophy because they played the same team in the final last year,” Paulse told Goal.

“I think both teams know each other very well and that will make it exciting because they have more of the same squads, they haven't changed since last season,” he added.

“Yes, they signed players to just tweak it there and there. I think it will be a tough game and I want to believe the fact that it's played in Durban will favour City because it's in the coast,” he said.

The 36-year-old lanky attacker helped the Urban Warriors lift the MTN8 crown when they beat Kaizer Chiefs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium during the 2015/16 season.

Paulse, who netted the only goal of the match from the penalty spot, says both sides have qualities to walk away with the R8 million and the coveted trophy on Saturday evening.

“In saying that, both team have qualities to win it on the day but it is tough to call. You will remember the final went to penalties last season and that shows how difficult it was,” he continued.

“But, if you ask me who will win it, I will say City deserves it as they will want and look to avenge last season's loss,” said the Cape Town-born man.

Although, the Tshwane giants defeated the likes of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in their quest to reach the final, the former Bloemfontein Celtic striker reckons history will not count on the day.

“No, I don't think that will count or have a say in the final. I think it is down to how they approach the game because both teams are experienced enough,” he noted.

“They know to win this trophy, you have to beat anyone and yes, City beat (Mamelodi) Sundowns and SuperSport beat Chiefs and Pirates, but that is not a guarantee,” he said.

“There's a match to play, 90 minutes and extra time, so the past games have no impact and the obstacle is on Saturday in Durban,” concluded Paulse

The encounter will be staged at the iconic Moses Mabhida Satdium on Saturday evening, with the match getting underway at 18:00.