Orlando Pirates have the chance to redeem themselves this season by winning the Nedbank Cup.
Eric Tinkler’s manne beat Free State Stars 4-2 on Saturday to set up a May 28 final showdown with Stuart Baxter’s SuperSport United.
A Lucky Mohomi own goal, Amigo Memela’s brace and a late Thamsanqa Gabuza striker gave Stars no chance, with Ayanda Nkosi and Mohomi replying.
And coach Tinkler believes that when his team plays to their ability, they won’t disappoint as they have for the rest of the domestic season when they failed to challenge for the PSL title.
He says: “We went four games without a win and I was asking myself where this kind of performance was the whole time.
“I was always confident in this game because I knew it was a big game and the players knew it was a big game.
“I knew I would see a far better performance from them because I know what they are capable of.
“That’s the disappointing part, when you see them perform poorly even though you know what they are capable of.”
Meanwhile, SuperSport ended Baroka FC’s fairytale Cup run with a 2-0 win.
But Baroka boss Kgoloko Thobejane remains confident that his side are already in the PSL after their Nedbank Cup dreams were dashed.
The giant killers from Limpopo put Matsatsantsa under pressure for the opening 20 minutes, before they were blown away.
After the match, Thobejane said: “It’s a game of football we have lost, yes of course, we never take our chance and in football if you don’t make use of chance, end of the day this will happen.
“Second half our captain was saying the ball is still coming whereas that man is on the ball, and then … so … they played well, they played well, nothing went wrong.
“It’s a game of football. When you play football and you don’t score and the opponent has a chance to score then, end of the day, you lose the game.”