Citizens begin title defense against unpredictable Polokwane City

Football returns to Newlands Stadium this weekend as Cape Town City will take on Polokwane City FC in the MTN 8 Quarter-Final, this game was moved because of the unavailability of Cape Town Stadium. The Citizens are the defending champions as they defeated SuperSport United on Penalties at Moses Mabhida Stadium last season.

It won’t be an easy game, we must make use of the home advantage. We want to make Cape town a fortress, we want teams to make a lot of considerations when travelling to Cape Town because they don’t know what conditions they will get, be it sunshine, rain or wind and they also have a Cape Town city outfit that will bring a storm” said, Benni McCarthy

The last time the two sides met in this Cup competition was in 2017 and the Champions were triumphant on the day with Sibusiso Mbonani scoring an own goal. Rise and Shine have had a good start to the new season and they will be looking at continuing what they have started under the new coach Zlatko Krmpotic.

We tried to get information on them, we picked that they have nine players who played against Bidvest Wits and all those players played against us last season. They are a very disciplined side and have a Serbian Coach at their helm and you know Serbian coaches like to play on the counter and the players they have at their disposal allows them to do that. We have prepared for that”. The former Bafana striker added

MTN8 last eight fixtures

Cape Town City v Polokwane City  Aug 17   Newlands Stadium

Orlando Pirates v Highlands Park Aug 17    Orlando Stadium

Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloem Celtic Aug 17 Lucas Moripe Stadium

Bidvest Wits v SuperSport United Aug 17   Bidvest Stadium

Author: Dumisani Koyana

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