Thriller at Soccer City final

THE long wait since their last trophy will push both Bidvest Wits and AmaZulu to the limit when they square off in the sold-out Nedbank Cup final at the revamped Soccer City tomorrow.

THE long wait since their last trophy will push both Bidvest Wits and AmaZulu to the limit when they square off in the sold-out Nedbank Cup final at the revamped Soccer City tomorrow.

Kickoff is at 3pm.

Wits's last cup triumph was over Pirates in 1995 when a Benson Otiti goal sealed the game for them in the Coca-Cola Cup, while AmaZulu defeated Chiefs 3-1 to win the same competition in 1992.

Wits coach Roger de Sa, who has admitted that his road to the final was an easy one, said the players will be jittery in front of a capacity crowd.

"The first five minutes will be nerve-wrecking for the players, especially the young ones. But as the game progresses I'm sure they'll come right," said De Sa at a media briefing at Soccer City yesterday.

He promised an entertaining and attractive brand of football, something Wits are not renowned for.

"We'll have a full go at AmaZulu. We'll play with flair and we have the players like Sifiso (Miyeni) and Marawan (Bantam) to help us," he said, but added that he will miss the creative brain of Thando Mungomeni.

Usuthu mentor Neil Tovey, who lifted many trophies at the imposing venue in his heyday as a player, including the historic 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, said the players were itching to take to the field tomorrow.

"We know what cup finals are about and we are ready for them. Winning this cup is important but the main aim is to take AmaZulu into African competitions next year," said Tovey, whose side will rely on Dumisani Ngwenya up front.

He also said players will be in the right state of mind on match day. "We have brought in a sports psychologist just to make sure that they are not complacent."

Both coaches have revealed that their players will get some of the prize money.

The Cup carries a staggering R6 million first prize, while the runners-up will take home R2,5 million.

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