Player to boss, chases 8
WHEN Orlando Pirates won the inaugural Top 8 final at Orlando Stadium in Soweto in 1972, Khulu Sibiya scored a brace for Bucs.
That was when he was still called Brainsby and packed a mean shot.
Forty years down the line, businessman Sibiya is hoping to receive the trophy as chairman of SuperSport United at the same venue on Saturday evening.
Matsatsantsa a Pitori are adamant they will clinch the MTN8 final at the expense of Moroka Swallows in the R8-million winner-takes-all final.
"I still remember very well in 1972 when I scored two great goals for Pirates against Kaizer Chiefs in the then BP Top 8 final. We won the match 2-1," said Sibiya.
"I'm going into this match a very confident chairman. I have no doubt that we have assembled one of the best teams in 16 or 17 years.
"Our coach, Gavin Hunt, has bought players wisely and the team is gelling. Gavin did not go for big names, he went for players who can do the job. Everybody in the team is working hard. It's a team effort that will see us winning on Saturday, not that we underestimate Swallows.
"I have never felt so confident; I hope I won't be disappointed," said Sibiya, who besides making a name for himself as a soccer star is also a former newspaper editor. United's communications manager David "Mazolman" Skosana is urging the people of Tshwane to support them by going to Soweto.
"We are happy with the support we are getting from the Tshwane municipality and residents in general. Let us go and embarrass Swallows in their own back yard."
Skosana is recovering well after a car accident on the Soshanguve-Mabobane highway on Friday. "I'm was hospitalised but I'm feeling good. I know there are rumours that I'm dead, but I'm still alive and kicking, praise the Lord."
Meanwhile, veteran Swallows striker Siyabonga "Bhele" Nomvethe has been given the all-clear to play in the final.
Nomvethe suffered a toe injury when Swallows beat Orlando Pirates 3-0 at Orlando Stadium three weeks ago.
His return to action was confirmed yesterday by Swallows medical boss Dr Ephraim Nematswerani.
"Bhele is starting to train today, he is no longer feeling any pain. He has passed the medical assessment with flying colours. He will also be available for the final on Saturday. Everybody in the team is happy to have him back; the man has massive experience."
Nematswerani also gave attacking midfielder David "DVD" Mathebula a clean bill of health for the final.