Free State Stars
Johnny Mathole (Free State Stars)
The solid 27-year-old goalkeeper has enjoyed his best season by far for Ea Lla Koto and his confidence has clearly been evident in the three previous rounds of the competition. Mathole, who joined the club in 2014, has kept two clean sheets so far and has been part of an assured backline. Apart from his cup heroics, the former Maritzburg United and Chippa United has made eight league starts and he will be entrusted with trying to silence what has one of the best attacks in the 2015/16 tournament.
Lucky Mohomi (Free State Stars)
In his debut season at the top, Mahomi has been amongst the stars for the Free Staters this year. The creative spark of the 25-year-old has stood out in a season when they needed it most. With Moeketsi Sekola suffering a dip in form and Andrea Fileccia out through injury, the ex-Garankuwa United and United FC man has shown superb maturity. Has been in good form in the league too, and along with Ayanda Nkosi, will need to be guarded by the Pirates defence.
Tendai Ndoro (Orlando Pirates)
The red-hot Zimbabwean striker will no doubt be the key man for the Buccaneers and dangerman for Stars. Ndoro, 27, has scored in every round thus far, including braces against Kaizer Chiefs and Jomo Cosmos. He also made one and created another in the big quarter-final showdown with Mamelodi Sundowns. The former Mpumalanga has no doubt come into his own in recent months, with his height, pace and guile causing problems aplenty for almost any defence placed in front of him.
Mpho Makola (Orlando Pirates)
Three assists and a goal from Makola so far make him another integral part of this Pirates team. The 30-year-old Bafana Bafana midfielder is clever on the ball, with an undoubted eye for the long shot on goal. He also links up well with his team-mates to help sew the attack together, and with the Buccaneers showing a slight dip in form in the league recently, they will need him to put in a good shift against his former employers at Goble Park.