Four mil­lion rea­sons for Cit­i­zens to win MTN8 fi­nal

The Witness - - SPORT -

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.

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