EXPERTS believe that both Mpumalanga Black Aces and Black Leopards have the potential to win the two-legged final of the national playoffs.
Aces and Leopards will play in the first leg of the national playoffs final in Tshifulanani Stadium, Thohoyandou on Saturday while the second leg will be at Puma Rugby Stadium on April 7.
Mamelodi Sundowns' technical director Ted Dumitru said he is confident that Aces will return easily to the Absa Premiership.
"Aces were outstanding in most of their league matches but failed to convert chances. They have variety in their game, should they maintain their current form they will make it," Dumitru said yesterday.
"I do not think that Leopards are a bad side but they are inconsistent, lack composure and they rush forward," he said.
Andries "Lokaal is lekker" Sebola former Orlando Pirates striker said he will put his last rand on Leopards.
"Leopards are hungry for the return to the PSL after two seasons in the National First Division. I believe should they maintain the same rhythm and strategy that saw them to this point, they have the potential to return to the premiership because they were there before," Sebola.
Boebie "Mzala" Solomons Santos' coach said the two sides have ability and potential to be promoted to the premiership.
"They all have natural players, the results will only depend on which players will show more desire to return to the premiership.
"Players from both sides have premiership experience and ability to turn the tables around," Solomons said.
SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt said both sides have balanced squads and that an away goal rule will decide the final.
"The two legged final can go either way, it will depend on the club that scores away from home." Hunt said.