“It is going to be a closely contested match,” said Steve Komphela ahead of Saturday’s MTN8 quarterfinal against Matsatsantsa. “We finished respectively fourth (Kaizer Chiefs) and fifth (SuperSport United) on the log, which makes it a tight match.”

Komphela was speaking at the launch of the 2017 MTN8 Cup in Sandton.

Amakhosi will face the Pretoria-side at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday 12 August (kick-off is at 20:15).

“Supersport are a good side and, besides a few new players, they also have a new coach in Eric Tinkler,” Komphela added. “We will be looking at progressing to the next stage of the competition and go on to win the trophy.”

Chiefs last won the MTN8 in 2014 – the second of two in Amakhosi’s trophy cabinet, with the other coming in 2008.

Komphela is aware of the challenges that lie ahead this season: “We want to start on a winning note. We’ve done our homework and are happy with the preparations so far.

“We want to uphold the tradition and the winning culture of the club. It is important that the integration of the new players must be swift. We have to perform from the first whistle of the season.”

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