Thursday Jul 23, 2015. 10:24
We pick the three key battles that could decide the outcome of the first Cape Town Cup semifinal between SuperSport United and Crystal Palace.
Gordon Igesund v Alan Pardew
SuperSport United’s coach can boast of four league titles on his CV, but he’ll still have a battle on his hands in trying to outwit his Crystal Palace counterpart Alan Pardew, who last season took the Eagles to their best Premier League finish and also effectively saved Newcastle United from relegation, as most of the points the Magpies recorded in the season came under Pardew’s leadership.
Sibusiso Khumalo v Yannick Bolasie
Palace’s DR Congo winger Yannick Bolasie will be a big draw card in the Cape Town Cup this year, with the attacker coming off a brilliant 2014/15 season in which he became the first Eagles player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League. However, he may find United left-back Bongani Khumalo a tough man to beat, with the Bafana Bafana man probably capable of matching Bolasie for pace and mobility.
Jeremy Brockie v Brede Hangeland
New Zealand striker Jeremy Brockie enjoyed a superb second half of the 2014/15 season and quickly established a reputation as one of the most dangerous strikers in South Cape Town Cup. In the first match of the Cape Town Cup he will come up against Palace’s Brede Hangeland, a hugely experienced Norwegian defender who represented Viking FK, FC Copenhagen and Fulham before joining Palace last year and helping them to a 10th place finish in the Premier League.