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Key battles between SuperSport United and Platinum Stars

Posted: 28 November 2014 Time: 11:35 takes a closer look at four key battles that could determine the outcome of the Telkom Knockout Final between SuperSport United and Platinum Stars on Saturday at Orlando Stadium.

The North West side will look to defend the title they won in the past season, while the Tshwane side is looking for early success under Gordon Igesund, who has been in charge since September.

Rodgers vs Daniels

Buoyed by his hattrick in Platinum Stars’ 4-2 victory over AmaZulu last weekend, Rodgers will be a marked man and will have to get past Daniels and company. The battle, which extends to an aerial duel, between the two Cape Town boys will definitely be one to look out for; with Rodgers expected to lead from the front while Daniels, as captain, will lead Matsatsantsa a Pitori from the back. Rodgers has found the back of the net four times in six starts, plus two substitute appearances for Dikwena this season. On the other hand, SuperSport United have kept five clean sheets in the 12 matches that Daniels has played, conceding 13 goals when he featured.

Phala vs Mpeta

As is often stated, winger vs fullback is a classic football battle and this one is no exception. Phala, formerly with Platinum Stars, has started every match for SuperSport United this season scoring two goals and contributing five assists in all competitions. However, Mpeta has also started all 16 games for Dikwena and the recent call-up to the Bafana Bafana squad that played Sudan and Nigeria in Afcon qualifiers may have done his confidence a lot of good. Plus, Platinum Stars have kept three clean sheets leading up to the Final.There is no doubt that Phala’s pace will be a weapon that Gordon Igesund uses in trying to give the opposition defence headaches and that means Mpeta will be faced with watching his back every time he moves up to attack.

Ng’ambi vs Morton

So crucial is Michael Morton’s role at SuperSport United that he was rested when Gordon Igesund’s men lost 2-1 to Orlando Pirates on November 23, because he was sitting on three yellow cards and a fourth may have ruled him out of the final. The 25-year-old has been a regular starter for SuperSport United since arriving from Maritzburg United at the beginning of the season with 11 appearances out of 16 matches. Although Robert Ng’ambi is yet to score this season his effective play can never be undermined and Morton will surely have to monitor the Malawian international’s late runs into the box.

Mathebula vs Madubanya

David Mathebula and Letladi Madubanya both have a fair share of topflight experience having made their PSL debuts in 2002/03 and 2005/06 respectively. Madubanya, with 12 appearances this season, will rely on his combative play while DVD will have to be at his creative best to get the better of the likes of Madubanya in central midfield. If Madubanya can neutralise Mathebula then half the battle is won as the diminutive former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder is the creative vein that pumps life into the SuperSport attack.

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-11-28 09:51:55

Anisimele tu ngale matter how hard you try to hype it up, its just not happening!

#Angiyona intanga yakho Tiyani...viaMbethe

Tebogo Jackson
posted: 2014-11-28 09:52:36

Good luck to Platinum Stars

posted: 2014-11-28 09:57:57

Weezy*F* Well, it is a case of damned if you do and damned if you don't. The bottom line is this is a Final and deserves coverage. 

posted: 2014-11-28 10:07:04

TTM16 Lol, I get you my brother...if it was not for Mr. H Mosimane we would be awaiting a Tshwane derby now.

Its the best worst feeling...!

Oh by the way H on Mr Mosimane is for Houtkop

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-11-28 10:11:30

Hai wena Tiyani.. its Thato Mokeke vs Ng'ambi….

MaBhakaniya in this Mokeke boy we have a replacement for Bibo… the sweetest left foot ever…

bafana & kaizer chiefs addict
posted: 2014-11-28 10:16:20


posted: 2014-11-28 10:26:05

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder-cum-striker, Thulasizwe Mbuyane, has retired from professional football at 32. shocking indeed

posted: 2014-11-28 10:34:32

CJB Ramses III Nope, Mokeke is injured bru and that's why I didn't put him there. He's got a shin injury and apparently may return early next year.

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-11-28 10:39:42

Oh well there goes my interest in watching this game…

posted: 2014-11-28 10:39:55

TTM16 Oh so this is the man behind the story, impressive man. I envy you bru.

Blogging is a profession, you get paid for it lol...!

I was surprised though, your information level is deep...if you know what i mean!

The Transformer Reloaded
posted: 2014-11-28 10:40:31

bafana & kaizer chiefs addict Useless? Playing the final? Unless if being knocked out is being useful!!!

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-11-28 10:42:21


posted: 2014-11-28 10:47:07

Hawu, is it Telkom final this weekend? I had forgot about it. We have said that this final shud be played at Mhlathuze stadium so it can be full house. At Orlando stadium its gonna be 20 spectators . But its none of my business and I careless of this final anyway.

posted: 2014-11-28 11:22:14

Kickoff should create another website called "kickoff mini" to report stories that affect only a few people. Only a few people care about this game (+- 500 supersport supports, +-250 platinum stars supporters, and 100 die hard football lover).

posted: 2014-11-28 11:23:24

bafana & kaizer chiefs addict  I agree, I feel sorry for the sponsors.

posted: 2014-11-28 11:49:03

This will be the most boring final in the history of the Telkom cup. I feel for Telkom shame. The big teams Chiefs and Pirates really let them down.

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-11-28 11:50:51

This final reminds of the final between Sundowns and Celtics, no one was interested.

posted: 2014-11-28 12:15:03

Braveheart de XVI One mpanzee posts crap, one mpanzee likes it. Fact: Mpanzies like crap, they thrive on it!

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-11-28 12:19:56

So one mpanzee responds to that crap? Fact: This Mpanzee is a bull shid.

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-11-28 12:46:12

18 Cowments and 1 comment… ja neh… 

South African football, players, coaches this is a scathing indictment on you… it really says a lot about the lack of interest… and its simple really… Look, everything will be good, the tactics, the structures of the teams, organisation etc… but we are not going to see any flair… therefore I will not deliberately subject myself to something I won't see… 

Cause a result against these 2 is a be-all-&-end-all, the challenge is that most teams in the league are put together to defend against The Dream Team and #KBY so it becomes a serious problem when they have to play each other 'cause 2 of the same doesn't attract… anything…

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