Four million reasons for Citizens to win MTN8 final
CAPE TOWN CITY’S players will collect a bonus of at least R4 million if they win the MTN8 final against SuperSport United in Durban tomorrow, according to Citizens chair John Comitis.
The prize money for the winners is R8 million. Comitis yesterday confirmed that coach Benni McCarthy’s charges have been incentivised. “The coach will make the call,” Comitis said. “But they will take home at least half of the amount.”
The Citizens are hoping to add a second trophy to their cabinet following their Telkom Knockout triumph in their first year of existence last season.
The Mother City outfit was formed when exAjax Cape Town boss Comitis bought the topflight status of Mpumalanga Black Aces. They came third in the league in 2016/17 and won the TKO under current SuperSport mentor Eric Tinkler.
City captain Robyn Johannes hopes their experienced players will come to the fore at Moses Mabhida Stadium after the 7 pm kickoff tomorrow. His opposite number, Dean Furman, is looking forward to a Cup final rematch against City and hopes to make history by winning SuperSport’s first MTN8 title since the cellphone company took over the sponsorship of the earlyseason competition.
Furman says the Telkom Knockout final defeat to City in Polokwane last year is still fresh in their minds, and they will be hoping to make it all square in their second Cup final meeting with the Citizens.
“We’ve now got ourselves to the final and, I wouldn’t say ‘revenge’ is the right word but, last year’s Telkom Knockout defeat is still fresh in our memories, I’m sure the coach [Tinkler] will know.
“But we haven’t forgotten that, and it was one that hurt us, so we need to put that right come Saturday evening.”
While their CAF Confederation Cup dream remains alive, the MTN8 final also presents an opportunity to make history for Matsatsantsa, as the club have not lifted the trophy since 2004, when it was still known as the SAA Supa 8, under then coach Pitso Mosimane.
Furman believes that although the competition only requires holding firm over four games to be crowned champions, as opposed to the lengthy journey they’ve travelled in Africa, the prestige is still high and he hopes to deliver the Cup to the SuperSport cabinet come this weekend.