The first piece of silverware in the 2020/2021 campaign is up for grabs this evening in the form of the MTN8 title. Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic lock horns at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and this website will be providing live updates below.
Orlando Pirates are on the brink of ending a six year trophy drought. The Buccaneers’ last triumph came all the way back in 2014 when they won the Nedbank Cup.
Bloemfontein Celtic, competing in their second consecutive cup final, last won a trophy all the way back in 2012 in the form of the Telkom Knockout however they head into tonight’s clash against Orlando Pirates as somewhat underdogs. Follow all of the live action below.
Orlando Pirates vs Bloemfontein Celtic: MTN8 final live updates
ORLANDO PIRATES XI: OFORI, NYAUZA, JOOSTE, MAELA, HLATSHWAYO, MOTSHWARI, MONARE, MAKARINGE, PULE, HOTTO, LEPASA
SUBS: SANDILANDS, DZVUKAMANJA, MNTAMBO, MAKO, ZUNGU, MABASA, NDLOVU, MHANGO, LORCH
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC XI: MABOKGWANE, MAHASHE, NGOBENI, BALOYI, PFUMBIDZAI, PHALANE, MASUKU, LUTHULI, LETSOALO, MABENA, POTSANE
SUBS: CHAINE, MASHIKINYA, FIKIZOLO, CHABALALA, DE JONGH, MANGWENI, SERA, TCHILIMBOU, LINGWATI
We aren’t under pressure – Zinnbauer
“We do not have pressure, even though it’s nine years without the MTN8 cup. We do not have pressure, this is my first time,” Orlando Pirates head coach Zinnbauer said as quoted by Kick-Off.
“But we always have pressure, whether it’s a final or the league. As a coach and a team, you want to win games, and it’s always the same pressure that you have when you want to win a game.
“We play in a final now and Orlando Pirates have to do everything we can to win, it’s one game and then it’s finished. But we have an opponent, who has the same rules, same motivation and now it’s important we find the right players, the right system and you have a good game.
“Then it’s not always up to the performances, sometimes maybe it’s small things like the referee, or a mistake or a red card, or whatever happens in the game. But as the coach, we have to prepare the team and that’s important. Pressure is always there and it’s our job to work with pressure – the same goes for the players.”
Orlando Pirates vs Bloemfontein Celtic: MTN8 final kick-off time and streaming info
The MTN8 final taking place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium between Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic will get underway at 18:00. The match will be televised live on SuperSport PSL and SABC 1. You can also live-stream the game on DSTV Now (Subscription required). This website will be providing live updates from the match under our ‘live updates’ heading.