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Best meets the best as SuperSport United take on Cape Town City FC in TKO final

By Marc Jacobson - Dec 9, 2016
Best meets the best as SuperSport United take on Cape Town City FC in TKO final

In what is anticipated to be an exciting Telkom Knockout final between SuperSport United and Cape Town City FC at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, the match kicks off at 18:00 and will also be streamed live on the SuperSport website.

Cape Town City and SuperSport United, justly for the last remaining two in the 16-team knockout format, are also currently placed number one and two respectively on the ABSA Premiership log, with Cape Town City on 24 points and SuperSport on 21 points.

Up until the final of the Telkom Knockout, Cape Town City has scored a total of 10 goals in their three victories, while SuperSport have shaded through with only one goal in their three games.

The first match was won with the help of an own-goal scored for them by Ajax Cape Town’s Eric Chipeta, while the quarter-final match against Mamelodi Sundowns was won through penalty shoot-outs. The only goal scored by SuperSport came in the 1-0 victory in the semi-final over Orlando Pirates by Thabo Mnyamane.

With their enriched goal tally so far, Cape Town City have certainly reaped some much-needed confidence heading into the final and SuperSport Head Coach, Stuart Baxter, is very mindful of this prospect.

“We need to know that Cape Town City is going to be very difficult opponents and they are the team that is surprising everybody in the league,” Baxter told Phakaaathi News.

This comes after the point that Cape Town City was only formed in 2016 following the sale of the Mpumalanga Black Aces to John Comitis, but Baxter showed no surprises in the clubs ascendency this year.

“I am not surprised because they finished fourth last season, they are coached by a coach who has organised them well, and it’s a bit of a logical progression. They are where they are, and they deserve that, so we are preparing for a very tough game,” concluded Baxter.

Meanwhile, Cape Town City Head Coach, Eric Tinkler, considers his side as the underdogs regardless of their recent form, while pin-pointing SuperSport’s aerial abilities and fine transitional plays as major threats to their title hopes.

“It’s going to be a tough game, both teams are very good on transitional play and going forward on attack, and obviously that’s an area we need to make sure that defensively we are sound,” Tinkler told SuperSport News.

“We started the season well [defensively], we went four games without conceding a goal and then went through a bad period, especially against Wits. A lot of those goals have been from set-pieces. That’s an area we need to make sure we stabilise, especially against SuperSport, they have a lot of aerial ability,” added Tinkler.

Tinkler then emphasized that his side is carrying much confidence into the game after beating Wits 3-2 last Friday, while pointing out that they need to play more to their own strengths and not focus too much on SuperSport United’s threats.