The Telkom Knockout final between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs takes place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Wednesday evening.
Head coaches of the two clubs, Pitso Mosimane and Steve Komphela, held their pre-match press conference at the east coast venue on Tuesday.
Here is a selection of some of their comments ahead of the big game.
“It wasn’t a nice feeling losing in the MTN8 final. But this is different and all you can do is, what are the lessons you pick up from that one.” – Komphela
“Two hours 50 minutes the tickets sold out. It’s not something easy, but it shows the seriousness surrounding the magnitude and the interest in this game, which I feel Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns will definitely live up to.” – Komphela
“We have to understand and respect the Sundowns supporters. They know what they deserve and so they always ask for what they deserve. They know the quality we have and we’re expected to win.” – Mosimane
“When you come to Sundowns, you should know the expectations. If you don’t have the shoulders to carry that then you’re in the wrong place.” – Mosimane
“It’s going to be a beautiful event, Reconciliation Day it is, a nice outing for people, a great event, but for us it remains a football match. It’s a second final in three months for the players, they want to get something before the end of the year and we want to do the supporters proud.” – Komphela
“Matches differ and this is no ordinary match. The temperament itself is going to be different. I think if you had the luxury of playing matches on the back of stats, I’m sure would say to the PSL…’You tally stats and you tell us whose winning.” – Komphela
“You can’t say what happened then is going to happen tomorrow. It’s all about what happens on the day.” – Mosimane
“Chiefs are big on experience and I think if you consider the stats, we are at a slight disadvantage.” – Mosimane
“Being at Kaizer Chiefs is about results. You can win all 29 matches in the (Absa) Premiership, and somebody wins 30, you are a loser. So what I am effectively saying is you can come as far as the final, but not win, it’s not good enough.” – Komphela
“We’ve only lost two matches at Chiefs. The Orlando Pirates match and the MTN8 final, but it is not enough. So it tells you about the expectation. Everybody would like to be in that house, when everybody in that house wishes to be outside.” – Komphela
“Do you know when Keagan arrived? He arrived on Sunday night and we had to make sure we bring him here after the game. Yes we qualified for Rio and that’s the positive side, but on the other hand, who is going to listen to me when I say Keagan is tired? I am answerable.” – Mosimane
“Some guys have got butterflies in the stomach, some anxiety creeps in and what they usually do, they don’t do. These are things that the players have to deal with. We are not psychologist and it’s up to them to deal with it.” – Mosimane