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Recap of MTN8 finals history

Posted: 11 October 2017 Time: 12:15

This is the 10th year since the Top Eight was rebranded to the MTN8, with many memorable finals taking place over the past nine years as the likes of Oupa Manyisa and 'Slimkat' left their mark.

In that time, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates were the most successful sides with two wins apiece, with Golden Arrows’ 2009 triumph probably one of the finest in history.

This year, there will be a new name on the MTN8 trophy come Saturday evening, as Cape Town City make their maiden final appearance while SuperSport United hope to go one better than their 2012 final loss.

With that in mind will run through all of the last nine finals of the MTN8, starting with the first four:

2008: Moriri’s miss
The 2008 final was contested between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, yet was a showdown remembered most for missed chances in front of goal. The Brazilians were guilty of squandering a host of opportunities, yet one in particular stuck out as Surprise Moriri missed a sitter in front of goal 10 minutes before full-time, a chance that was harder to miss than score. Lerato Chabangu and Benedict Vilakazi missed two chances themselves thereafter, as the game was destined for penalties. Moriri buried the first for Downs, but Esrom Nyandoro’s next kick was saved, while Thando Mngomeni missed his as Chiefs eventually emerged 4-3 victors.

2009: Goal fest in Orlando
In the first domestic cup final to be hosted at Orlando Stadium in over 20 years, the fans in the stands were treated to one of the most memorable matches in MTN8 history as Golden Arrows romped to a 6-0 drubbing of Ajax Cape Town – their only piece of top-flight silverware to date. Njabulo Manqana opened the scoring, before a deflected own goal gave Abafana Bes’thende a 2-0 half-time lead. Play was delayed by almost an hour due to floodlight failure, yet this failed to curtail Arrows’ momentum as goals from Richard Henyekane, Thokozani Mshengu and Ntlantla Zothwane, rounded off by a delightful chip from Manqana, sealed the unforgettable victory for the KwaZulu-Natal club.

2010: Josephs's gamesmanship
Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows squared off for the 2010 final, as Daine Klate’s 19th-minute penalty gave The Bucs the lead. After dominating the first half, Pirates were pegged back in the second as The Birds went in search of an equaliser. And they got it four minutes from time as Gareth Ncaca whipped in a telling ball that got the slightest touch off Morgan Shivambu’s head to level matters. A laboured 30 minutes of extra time led to penalties, where the antics of out-spoken goalkeeper Moeneeb 'Slimkat' Josephs game to the fore as he looked to put the Swallows’ players off their game. And it worked, as Siyabonga Nomvethe missed his side’s third kick while Josephs saved Kagiso Mashishi’s attempt to hand Pirates their first major title in 10 years.

2011: Manyisa magic
The 2011 final between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates saw the Bucs continue their impressive form to add another trophy to their bulging basket, and had star midfielder Oupa Manyisa to thank. The then 23-year-old had struck a screamer from range in the semi-final against his now new employers Mamelodi Sundowns, and was clearly wearing the same boots in the final at FNB Stadium. Another final of missed chances in regulation time came and went, with the action heating up in stoppage time as Bongani Ndulula appeared to have headed the Bucs to victory late on, only for his goal to be struck off as he was adjudged to have pushed Dominic Isaacs in the back. Extra time commenced, and on 107 minutes, Manyisa found himself in space and shot from distance, the ball skidding off the turf to bounce past Itumeleng Khune’s outstretched arms to rattle the back of the net. Pirates thus defended their trophy, beating Chiefs in a major final for the first time since 1988, and becoming the first team to win the top eight cup in successive years since Amakhosi in 1991-1992.

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