Limping Kaizer Chiefs to host on-form Sundowns in MTN8 first leg

Under-performing Kaizer Chiefs will host Mamelodi Sundowns in the first-leg encounter of the MTN8 semi-final.

The match will be staged on September 2 at the FNB Stadium near Soweto, the Premier Soccer League confirmed on Tuesday.

The focus will then shift to the second league of the fixture to be hosted by the Brazilians at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane on September 23.

The two sides were pitted against each other after booking tickets in the last four of the new-look Wafa-Wafa competition.

Chiefs advanced to the next round in an incredible last-gasp victory when Edson Castillo scored a stoppage-time winner against Cape Town City.

Sundowns did not have it easy either. They were forced to dig deep for their 1-0 victory by 10-men Moroka Swallows.

The Dube Birds suffered an upset early into the game when Andile Jali was shown a red card for a career-ending tackle on Teboho Mokoena.

Amakhosi have not had the start they had hoped for under the new leadership of coach Molefi Ntseki – losing two of their last three DStv Premiership matches.

Ntseki is already under immense pressure to deliver silverware and ultimately end the club’s eight-year trophy drought.

However, standing in his way is a star-studded Sundowns side that seems unstoppable having won all its games so far this season.

Calls for Ntseki to step down are slowly mounting, after some supporters hurled objects at him following a 1-0 defeat to TS Galaxy at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.

In another semi-final clash, Stellenbosch FC host Orlando Pirates in the first leg on September 3 at Athlone Stadium.

The return fixture will be played on September 24 at the Orlando Stadium.


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