Phakaaathi’s Jonty Mark and Khaya Ndubane give their views on who will triumph on the day, and why.
Why Cape Town City will win (Jonty Mark, Phakaaathi Editor)
Benni McCarthy’s tenure at Cape Town City, indeed his entire career as a head coach, couldn’t have gone much more smoothly up to now. With three wins out of three, the former Bafana striker is making coaching look as easy as he did hitting the back of the net in his prime. There are already debut goals to settle down star names Ayanda Patosi and Teko Modise, while defensively City have been solid as a rock – the only goal they have conceded so far was when they were already 3-0 up at home to Platinum Stars on Wednesday. McCarthy has had his fair share of luck, particularly against Wits in a league meeting at Bidvest Stadium. The Clever Boys wasted several presentable opportunities, including a penalty from Gabadinho Mhango that was saved by Shu-Aib Walters. Yet City prevailed, and will carry that confidence into Sunday’s MTN8 semifinal, first leg against Wits. McCarthy’s side also have home advantage, and will surely be buzzing even more after a superb performance against Dikwena. I expect this one to be close, but I think City will edge it again, leaving Wits with plenty to ponder over the international break.
Prediction: City 2 Wits 1
Why Wits will win (Khaya Ndubane, Online Content Manager)
Benni admitted last week that he stood a better chance of beating Wits without the suspended coach Gavin Hunt. To his credit, City did register a win against Wits. This time around Hunt will be sitting on the bench, having served his suspension and he will be looking to avenge the defeat his club suffered against City in his absence. By Benni’s own admission, City were lucky to beat Wits when the teams met last time around. City might have registered three wins in a row under Benni, but besides the big win against Platinum Stars, they have not look convincing. Gavin is an astute coach and I’m sure by now he has analysed City’s weaknesses and will exploit them today. A good win away from Cape Town will do a long way in enhancing Wits’ chances of defending their title, and the Students will be aware of this going into this encounter. It’s going to be a closely contested affair, I agree, but I think Wits will win this one.
Prediction: City 1 Wits 2
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