Citizen Reporter and Sapa
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5 Sep 2014
10:20 am

MTN8 final venue, kick-off time announced

Citizen Reporter and Sapa

The venue for the MTN8 final between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates was announced on Friday morning.

FILE PIC: A football fan blows a vuvuzela. Picture: Michel Bega

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) have opted for Durban’s Moses Mabhida.

“We are excited to announce that the MTN8 final will be hosted by Durban – a place that has proven to be a huge success for us in the last couple of years,” said PSL CEO, Brand de Villiers.

Expectation is that the game would be sold out within minutes after the tickets sales open.

Tickets will be on sale from 1pm today at Computicket and Shoprite at R80.

The 2014/15 MTN8 final will kick-off at 8.15pm on Saturday evening, 20 September.

“What I can say to the fans is that they must purchase their ticket soon. We know that the stadium can only take around 50 000 and, once we reach safety capacity, we will close the sale of tickets,” said de Villiers.

Clash of the Titans

Chiefs set-up a Soweto Derby meeting with Pirates in the September 20 MTN8 final, courtesy of a 3-0 (5-0 aggregate) victory over Platinum Stars in their second-leg semi-final at FNB Stadium on Sunday.

Chiefs ensured a second derby meeting early in the season, following the Carling Black Label Cup before the start of the 2014/15 campaign, while at least two more derbies await when the fierce rivals clash in the league, home and away.

Pirates booked their spot in the MTN8 final thanks to a 3-1 (5-1 aggregate) victory over Wits in Soweto, securing a second successive appearance for the Buccaneers, who lost out to Stars a year ago.

The Sea Robbers, meanwhile, were drawn as the home team at whichever venue is selected to host the clash.

As such, Pirates would enjoy several minor advantages but ultimately would not benefit greatly with the match being played at a neutral venue.

The last time Chiefs and Pirates met in the top-eight cup final was in 2011 where Oupa Manyisa scored in extra-time to guide Pirates to victory, after the game had ended goalless after 90 minutes.