Mouth­wa­ter­ing boo­dle for win­ner Mkhize is steel-willed star

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - By MARC STRYDOM By MARC STRYDOM

SU­PERS­PORT United will earn R8mil­lion in prize-money from four matches should they win the MTN8 fi­nal to­day‚ just over half of what they would earn for win­ning the Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup in 18 matches across the con­ti­nent.

Mat­sat­santsa meet Cape Town City in the R8-mil­lion first prize MTN8 fi­nal at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium. The Pre­to­ria team re­main in con­tention for the Con­fed fi­nal‚ though have work to do pro­gress­ing past the semis‚ where they drew 1-1 at home against Tu­nisia’s Club Africain in first leg on Oc­to­ber 1.

The sec­ond leg – Su­perS­port’s 16th match in the gru­elling con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion – will be played in Rades on Oc­to­ber 21.

The prize-money‚ should Eric Tin­kler’s team then win the two-legged fi­nal in Novem­ber‚ is $1.25-mil­lion (R15.1-mil­lion).

The Con­fed‚ too‚ of course in­volves travel across the con­ti­nent‚ some­times in­clud­ing lengthy stops in flights and harsh con­di­tions. Win­ning the MTN8 re­quires sim­ply com­fort­able‚ short‚ do­mes­tic travel.

“It’s an in­ter­est­ing one when you com­pare the two com­pe­ti­tions we are in at the mo­ment‚ with the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup where I think we’re prob­a­bly go­ing into our 16th game in the 10th or 11th month since we be­gan‚” Su­perS­port cap­tain Dean Fur­man said.

“And then you look at this com­pe­ti­tion where we’re go­ing into our fourth game in the three months‚ and we’re in the fi­nal.

“But it doesn’t take away from the pres­tige. Ob­vi­ously to lift tro­phies is what we’re here for.”— DDC THAM­SANQA Mkhize‚ who is fit to play for Cape Town City in their MTN8 fi­nal against Su­perS­port United to­day‚ has sent a mes­sage to right­backs in the coun­try‚ said his coach Benni McCarthy.

The de­fender limped off with a knock at the end af­ter be­ing Bafana Bafana’s un­sung hero mak­ing a solid de­but at right-back in their 3-1 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing win against Burk­ina Faso at FNB Sta­dium last Satur­day.

McCarthy said 28-year-old Mkhize had sent a strong mes­sage to right­backs in SA with his strong per­for­mance for Bafana deputis­ing for in­jured Ramahlwe Mphahlele of Chiefs. “Thami is fine. He’s a trooper. A glad­i­a­tor. He could have taken the easy way out and said that af­ter the knock that he can’t go on. But he wanted to come out and make use of the op­por­tu­nity he has been given.

“He was tremen­dous (for Bafana) and I think he has sent out a strong sig­nal to the right-backs in the coun­try. They have to come and take him out of that po­si­tion. He’s an ex­am­ple to most play­ers if you know his story,” said McCarthy. — DDC

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