Test for PSL new boys
SATURDAY's Gauteng Cup at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville has unwittingly been turned into a battle of the new coaches in the Premier Soccer League.
Last season's PSL runners-up, Moroka Swallows, who are still dealing with the trauma of losing coach Gordon Igesund to Bafana Bafana, will join three other PSL teams who have replaced coaches recently - SuperSport United, Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits - in the tournament. The Birds have since promoted assistant Zeca Marques to the position of head coach.
United have lost assistant coach Thomas Madigage, who will join Igesund at Bafana as his second-in-command. They have appointed former defender Kaetano Tembo in his place.
Chiefs have gotten accustomed to the fact that Vladimir Vermezovic is gone. Amakhosi are now under the watchful eye of former Bafana Bafana boss Stuart Baxter.
Wits lost coach Roger de Sa this week. He has been replaced by former Mamelodi Sundowns mentor Antonio Lopez Habas.
Wits will face United in the first semifinal and Chiefs will meet Swallows in the second match. Wits general manager George Mogotsi said they have no reason to fear any team this season.
His confidence probably stems from the fact that they have made quality signings.
They believe tough-as-nails former Chiefs midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha will bolster their midfield while Matthew Pattison is expected to spray passes from midfield.
United spokesman David Skhosana said they were keeping their cards close to the chest: "We have a big surprise in store for our supporters. They must come in large numbers to see what we have been doing behind the scenes."
Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung said: "This game will help our new coach Stuart Baxter to get to know the team better and try out new combinations."