MTN8 potential match winners

SUPERSPORT

Evans Rusike

After making a slow start to life with SuperSport last season, Rusike has made a fantastic start in this campaign. The Zimbabwean international, who plays more on the left flank, which allows him to cut into play or get into the box when crosses are whipped in from the right wing, has bagged six goals in all competitions. City need to keep a close eye on him. 

Bradley Grobler

The Bafana Bafana striker has been cleared to play on Saturday and will be looking to make a nuisance of himself. With three goals in the competition already – all scored against Kaizer Chiefs in the semis – Grobler is a man who poses a real threat. He makes good runs into the box, has good touches and, on a good day, can be lethal in front of goal. 

Bongani Khumalo

He plays at the back, but Khumalo is a player who one needs in the opposition box whenever there’s a set-piece. He’s got the height and loves challenging for every ball that’s whipped into the box. He’s already found the back of the net with a good finish from a Aubrey Modiba cross against Orlando Pirates. 

CITY 

Riyaad Norodien

Norodien does not score a lot, but his goals are worth waiting for because they are usually spectacular. The former Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates winger can score from range, so SuperSport should guard against giving him too much space to shoot or give away free-kicks just outside the area. 

Ayanda Patosi

He is probably one of the most talented players in the country right now, but he is not as consistent as many would like him to be. Patosi scored a brace recently against Pirates and has another chance to be a hero for the Citizens in an even bigger match.

Tokelo Rantie

It’s unclear if Rantie will play, but if he is fit then coach Benni McCarthy will be tempted to throw him in to cause problems for the Matsatsantsa defence with his pace. Rantie played with McCarthy at Pirates, so the coach knows what the player offers. It’s also a chance for him to bounce back after a difficult last year or two. 

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