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September dreams about Tshwane final


September, who lifted multiple silverware at SuperSport, wants to see his former side playing Sundowns in the final

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Thabo September is dreaming about a Pretoria derby final between Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United in the MTN8.

The former SuperSport United stopper has revealed that he would love to see Matsatsantsa A Pitori coming up against Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 final.

Sundowns will face Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, while SuperSport United will lock horns with Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

The return legs are set for September. City will visit Sundowns on September 2 at Lucas Moripe Stadium and Chiefs will take on SuperSport on September 1 at FNB Stadium.

September, who lifted multiple silverware at SuperSport, wants to see his former side playing Sundowns in the final.

“It will be great for Pretoria (if SuperSport can face Sundowns in a final). It will be great for the city and Gauteng. Pretoria has done well. They used to call the Premier Soccer League, the Pretoria Soccer League. It will be nice to bring back the happy times to Pretoria again. Sundowns have already won the league. If we face Sundowns in the final, it will be good for the sponsors,” September said with anticipation.

The last time the two Pretoria giants met in a cup was in 2012 in the Nedbank Cup. Matsatsantsa downed Sundowns 2-0 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

“It is exciting to face Chiefs. We want to play against the big teams. The crowd will give our players the motivation. Once you score first you put pressure on them.

“It is good that we’re starting at home. We want to dictate terms. We want to go away with something to protect,” he added.

Matsatsantsa have built a reputation as cup specialists. Since 2010, the club has amassed three Nedbank Cup crowns, a Telkom Knockout and the MTN8. In 2012/13 they were runners-up in the Nedbank Cup and MTN8. United also lost in the 2016/17 Telkom Knockout final.

“Winning is in our DNA at SuperSport. It was once where we didn’t win any silverware during my time at SuperSport. We’ve been winning various cups from the Nedbank Cup, Telkom Knockout, the league to the MTN8. We want to be better than before,” September, who is now a club ambassador, said.

United are looking to be the third side after Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates to defend the MTN8.

“There’s no secret at SuperSport. We are the defending champions of this Cup and we want to be the defending champions of all the cups. We have found the going tough in the league during the last couple of seasons. We haven’t won the league since 2008/9. We’ve been winning cup competitions and always finishing in the top eight. We are also looking to do well in the league,” he continued.

United recently appointed Kaitano Tembo as the head coach.

“Kaitano is representing all the legends that played for SuperSport. We are looking at him and supporting him properly. He is a straight talker. He always wants to work hard. Kaitano is also a leader. He understands players.

“The most important part is for him to take this club to another level,” he added.