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'Yeye' starts on the bench for Highlands in MTN8 final against SuperSport

Reneilwe Letsholonyane has played in many cup finals before.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane has played in many cup finals before.
Image: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama opted to place the experienced Reneilwe Letsholonyane on the bench against his former club SuperSport United in the MTN8 final kicking off at 6pm at the Orlando Stadium.

Da Gama decided to stick to his usual line-up which has Thela Ngobeni manning the goals, and Luckboy Mokoena, Marks Munyai, Spiwe Msimango and throw-in specialist Rae Ryan in his four-man defence.

In the midfield, Highlands, who beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in this venue to move to the semifinals where they beat Polokwane City on penalties, will have Lesenya Ramoraka, Sphiwe Mahlangu, Lindokuhle Mbatha and their last season top scorer Mothobi Mvala.

SuperSport United players inspect the pitch.
SuperSport United players inspect the pitch.
Image: SuperSport United FC/Twitter

The usual duo of Nambian striker Peter Shalulile and speedy winger Mokete Mogaila will provide the attack for Da Gama’s outfit while the experience of Letsholonyane, Zimbabwean striker Tendai Ndoro and defender Bevan Fransman should help the Lions of the North should they encounter problems against the SuperSport team which has immense experience in this competition.

SuperSport coach Kaitano Tembo also decided to start with his usual starting XI with Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Ronwen Willians keeping goals while Siyabonga Nhlapo, Clayton Daniels, Aubrey Modiba and Grant Kekana playing in front of Williams in the defence that is missing Onismor Bhasera through suspension.

Bhasera’s place in left back will be occupied by the versatile Modiba.

Highlands Park players do their pitch inspections.
Highlands Park players do their pitch inspections.
Image: Highlands Park FC/Twitter

Under-23 internationals Teboho Mokoena and Sipho Mbule are part of SuperSport strong midfield that include their skipper Dean Furman and Evans Rusike.

Tournament’s top scorer with three goals Thamsanqa Gabuza will be partnered by the equally dangerous Bradley Grobler upfornt in Tembo’s team.

Tembo, who lost against Cape Town City in the same final in Durban last year, will look to introduce the likes of Jamie Webber, Thabo Qalinge, Thabo Mnyamane, or Kudakwashe Mahachi should there be a need in what will be his team’s seventh final in this top eight competition in the PSL era.