Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs and Patrick Phungwayo of Free State Stars through the Absa Premiership 2017/18 sport between Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs at Goble Park, Bethlehem on 4 April 2018 © Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix
Amakhosi out to defend their Maize Cup trophy
Saturday Jul 14, 2018. 14:34
Kaizer Chiefs might be hoping to defend their Maize Cup trophy once they meet Free State Stars within the closing at James Motlatsi Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Under the stewardship of interim coach Patrick Mabedi, Amakhosi began the day with a 2-Zero win over Buya Msuthu on the similar venue.
Goals by way of Bernard Parker and Yusuf Bunting ensured the Soweto giants are by way of to the ultimate, however they are going to face the identical outdated foes in Ea Lla Koto.
On the opposite hand, the Glamour Boys might be boosted by the very fact they’ve a brand new coach in Giovanni Solinas, who’s but to take cost of the technical space.
Mabedi could possibly be tempted to unleash their marquee signing in Khama Billiat, who joined the membership final month.
The two sides met final yr within the closing, however Amakhosi have been topped as champions for the primary time and might be hoping to carry the trophy as soon as once more.
Looking on the reigning Nedbank Cup champions, Stars are nonetheless guided by their Belgian supervisor in Luc Eymael.
The former Polokwane City tactician will meet a facet he dispatched within the Ke Yona in a semi-final that resulted in ugly scenes on the Moses Mabhida Stadium again in April.
In the second semi-final, Stars confronted Chippa United who made their debut on the pre-season and handed them a 3-1 defeat by way of penalty shoot-outs after a goalless attract regulation time.
With the likes of Eleazar Rodgers forming a part of the squad, the Bethlehem-based membership might be hoping to beg their second win and carry the trophy for the primary time.
On the opposite hand, the Free State facet will pin their hopes on substitute goalkeeper Oliver Kwizera, who was implausible between the posts and saved two of the Chilli Boys’ penalties within the shootout.
The match might be staged at James Motlatsi Stadium at 16:00 (CAT).