Amakhosi out to defend their Maize Cup trophy

Amakhosi out to defend their Maize Cup trophy
Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs and Patrick Phungwayo of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs at Goble Park, Bethlehem on 4 April 2018 © Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Jul 14, 2018. 14:34

Kaizer Chiefs will be hoping to defend their Maize Cup trophy when they meet Free State Stars in the final at James Motlatsi Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Under the stewardship of interim coach Patrick Mabedi, Amakhosi started the day with a 2-0 win over Buya Msuthu at the same venue.

Goals through Bernard Parker and Yusuf Bunting ensured the Soweto giants are through to the final, but they will face the same old foes in Ea Lla Koto.

On the other hand, the Glamour Boys will be boosted by the fact they have a new coach in Giovanni Solinas, who is yet to take charge of the technical area.

Mabedi could be tempted to unleash their marquee signing in Khama Billiat, who joined the club last month.

The two sides met last year in the final, but Amakhosi were crowned as champions for the first time and will be hoping to lift the trophy once again.

Looking at the reigning Nedbank Cup champions, Stars are still guided by their Belgian manager in Luc Eymael.

The former Polokwane City tactician will meet a side he dispatched in the Ke Yona in a semi-final that ended in ugly scenes at the Moses Mabhida Stadium back in April.

In the second semi-final, Stars faced Chippa United who made their debut at the pre-season and handed them a 3-1 defeat via penalty shoot-outs after a goalless draw in regulation time.

With the likes of Eleazar Rodgers forming part of the squad, the Bethlehem-based club will be hoping to beg their second win and lift the trophy for the first time.

On the other hand, the Free State side will pin their hopes on substitute goalkeeper Oliver Kwizera, who was fantastic between the posts and saved two of the Chilli Boys' penalties in the shootout.

The match will be staged at James Motlatsi Stadium at 16:00 (CAT).