The culmination of the first trophy of the season in South African football is up for grabs this weekend. The MTN 8 Cup is in its 12th instalment and there has been a lot of changes that have been introduced to add spice to the game on and off the field. The penultimate match will be contested by the Tshwane giants SuperSport United against final debutants Highlands Park.
In commemorating their 25th-anniversary ‚ MTN has announced that for every goal scored within the 90 minutes of regular time, each goal scorer will earn a whooping R25 000. This is intended to provide an impetus for fans to fill the stadium along with players to perform on the day.
SuperSport United Vs Highlands Park Cup Final Odds
A rejuvenated SuperSport had the toughest road to the final, beating Orlando Pirates and eternal rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in the process. Matsatsantsa are odds on to win the MTN8 trophy this year after failing to win last year’s MTN8 final. They were beaten by eventual champions Cape Town City on penalties and they will be hoping to avoid the same fate against unfancied Tembisa side.
Highlands Park has made it to the finals for the first time in any of South Africa’s premier soccer competitions. Much has been written about the club’s potential to cause an upset, but they will be looking to their head coach for motivation to win. Owen Da Gama has won a trophy before (Telkom Knockout) while at the helm of Silver Stars back in 2006 and will hope that his experience will guide the Lions of the North to a win.
MTN8 Trophy + R8 Million for the Winner
In previous seasons, PSL clubs have tried to incentivize its players by offering them a share of the spoils. Teams such as Sundowns have often told players that they will share the prize money amongst themselves which helped them get over the hill.
Highlands Park is hoping that the same formula will help them win the MTN8 Trophy. The players will share half of the prize money (R4 million) if they win the MTN8 final this weekend. Be sure to check out some of the odds from the top sports betting sites in South Africa and win.
The MTN 8 Cup Final will take place at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.