Stu­dents ver­sus mas­ters in Wafa Wafa

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Three of the four MTN8 fix­tures will see three coaches fac­ing their for­mer clubs.

All eyes will be on Steve Kom­phela as he starts his new life at de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Kaizer Chiefs, in­ter­est­ingly against his for­mer side, Mar­itzburg United. He qual­i­fied the club for their maiden top-eight fin­ish.

This game will see a stu­dent – Mandla Ncikazi – com­ing up against his men­tor, Kom­phela. The two worked to­gether, not only at United, but at Free State Stars.

While Kom­phela knows the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg side in and out, Ncikazi can also claim to know Kom­phela’s think­ing and ap­proach to the game. This should make it an in­ter­est­ing game to watch.

Another clash of for­mer stu­dent and men­tor is the one be­tween Ajax Cape Town and Or­lando Pi­rates, in which Roger De Sá will face Eric Tinkler.

The two worked to­gether at Bid­vest Wits be­fore mov­ing to the Buc­ca­neers.

Un­for­tu­nately, De Sá will not be on the bench as he will be serv­ing his sec­ond match out. This is be­cause of a red card he re­ceived in the fi­nal league game, iron­i­cally against the same Pi­rates.

De Sá had al­ready served one match out dur­ing the Ned­bank Cup fi­nal in May against Mamelodi Sun­downs.

Gavin Hunt will come face to face with his for­mer club, Su­perS­port United, in another must-see clash.

The Bid­vest Wits coach faces for­mer Bafana Bafana men­tor Gor­don Ige­sund, who has three New Zealan­ders in his team.

Hunt has also been busy on the mar­ket af­ter cap­tur­ing the ser­vices of Elias Pelembe and Daine Klate, both of whom he coached at United.

Mamelodi Sun­downs will be hop­ing to con­tinue where they left off last sea­son when they meet Bloem­fontein Celtic. Sun­downs won the Ned­bank Cup in their last game of last sea­son, but the 5-0 drub­bing they got from Celtic will still be fresh in their mind.

This will be re­venge time for the Brazil­ians, who have a score to set­tle against Si­welele Sa Masele. But pres­sure is on Kom­phela to start his new job on a good note. De­fend­ing the MTN8 will prove his de­trac­tors wrong and ce­ment his place in the hard-to-please Amakhosi sup­port­ers’ hearts.

FACE TO FACE Eric Tinkler

PHOTOS: GALLO IM­AGES

LET THE GAMES BE­GIN Roger De Sá

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