It's Soweto versus Tshwane in Top 8
Defending champions Orlando Pirates are coming up against SuperSport United while Mamelodi Sundowns will play Moroka Swallows
IT'S Soweto versus Tshwane in the two-legged semifinals of the MTN8 competition following the draw conducted yesterday.
Defending champions Orlando Pirates are coming up against SuperSport United while Mamelodi Sundowns come up to Moroka Swallows.
The much anticipated clashes will be played on the weekends of August 18-19 and August 25-26.
After the draw, United's Thabo September lauded his coach Gavin Hunt's eye for quality players. The United captain singled out several debutants from the club's 2-1 quarterfinal win over Free State Stars in the MTN8 at the weekend.
September missed Saturday's encounter at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, but watched closely as the new players secured a semifinal passage for Matsatsantsa.
Hunt, who often complains about losing players to big teams at the end of every season, gave debuts to Bevan Fransman, Lucas Thwala, Roscoe Pietersen, George Maluleka and Nathan Paulse, who scored one of the goals in the victory on Saturday.
Evaluating their chances September said all new recruits "showed that we are going to have an interesting and good season". "Our coach has shown yet again how good he is at picking quality players. George is now back home and Nathan is scoring goals, that's a big plus for us," said September after the draw.
Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi described playing the new-look SuperSport as "a big mountain to climb". But, given their treble-winning triumphs in the past two seasons, Hunt's men would consider themselves underdogs against the mighty Buccaneers.
Pirates were 1-0 victors against Celtic in their quarterfinal match last week, thanks to a goal from Andile Jali, albeit scored from a controversial penalty.
"We know it's tough playing SuperSport, but we have to really focus on ourselves," Lekgwathi said.