Komphela: Pitso is desperate

Telkom Knockout

Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela believes Pitso Mosimane is "desperate" to win the Telkom Knockout trophy based on what he's seen lately.

Maritzburg United host Mamelodi Sundowns at Moses Mabhida Stadium at 18h00 and Komphela, who lost in the semifinals against Sundowns, believes both coaches will be looking to end the year on a high note.

Komphela gives more explanation as to why he believes this is a game where anybody can win on the night because of what is at stake.

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"Two good local coaches, two good teams playing a different kind of football. Eric [Tinkler] is clear on how he wants to play and coach Pitso as well," Komphela said.

"I think he [Pitso] is tired of going on and on because it's killing his schedule for Africa, that he must be in the Telkom, Absa Premiership and CAF football.

"He said he cannot be in the Telkom just the sake of it, he must win it, so that gives you an indication how desperate he is.

"We saw what [team] he played against Stellenbosch FC, he had most of his regulars out and it worked for him.

"So even Eric will want to say 'listen, this is at Moses Mabhida Stadium and we are there and in the final' so it's anybody's game."

Tinkler in his coaching career has steered his teams to three previous finals.

He took Orlando Pirates to the CAF Confederation Cup final, Cape Town City to the TKO final and SuperSport United to the MTN8 final. He won two of those three finals, with the fourth on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Mosimane is used to collecting major trophies in the Zulu Kingdom having won the SAA Super 8 at Kings Park with SuperSport United, and with Sundowns the TKO at Moses Mabhida and the Absa Premiership title at Harry Gwala Stadium.