Key player du­els in Ke Yona fi­nal

Five bat­tles that may de­cide ti­tle

Sowetan - - Dipapadi -

There will be some key du­els dur­ing the Ned­bank Cup fi­nal be­tween Mar­itzburg United and Free State Stars in Cape Town to­mor­row.

We look at five match-ups that will go a long way in de­ter­min­ing the out­come of the fi­nal.

Rooi Ma­hamutsa v An­drea Filec­cia

De­fender Ma­hamutsa will have his hands full deal­ing with the mo­bile Bel­gian striker in the fi­nal. Ma­hamutsa is a solid man-marker, but may have a tough time against the Mar­itzburg play­ers who change po­si­tions through­out the game.

Nh­lanhla Vi­lakazi v Siph­e­sihle Ndlovu

The mid­field bat­tle will de- pend heav­ily on which of two play­ers wins their duel.

Ndlovu is an im­mensely tal­ented drib­bler with blis­ter­ing pace, while Vi­lakazi is a cen­tral mid­field work­horse. Ndlovu’s abil­ity to un­lock de­fences will be re­lied upon by his team while Vi­lakazi will have to be at his sharpest to con­tain him.

Patrick Phung­wayo v Le­bo­hang Maboe

As both teams en­joy us­ing width from the flanks, the bat­tle on the left side of the pitch will be one to watch. Stars wing­back Phung­wayo will have to deal with Maboe’s pen­e­trat­ing runs that have made him one of the most ex­cit­ing youngsters the

Har­ris Siyanda Tchilim­bou

in Pre­mier­ship.

v Xulu

Tchilim­bou, the de­stroyer-in-chief of Kaizer Chiefs with both goals in the semi­fi­nal, will be out to put on an­other deadly per­for­mance in the fi­nal. The Con­golese has been an ace in the pack for Luc Ey­mael and Xulu, who has been a wall in defence for Mar­itzburg, will need to deal with him.

Good­man Dlamini v For­tune Makaringe

Stars will de­pend on their at­tack­ing mid­field­ers to pro­vide their strik­ers with the crosses that can do the dam­age, like when they beat Chiefs 2-0 in the semi­fi­nal. Dlamini will look to outdo Makaringe in mid­field and en­sure that his team has the nec­es­sary sup­ply to the likes of Tchilim­bou and Siphelele Mthembu who will be ready to pounce.

/ FRIKKIE KAPP/BACK­PAGEPIX

Patrick Phung­wayo of Free State Stars.

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