Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United have their last chance to redeem their seasons by winning tomorrow’s Nedbank Cup final (3pm).
Both clubs have had disappointing campaigns by their standards.
Bucs failed in the Confederations Cup final and struggled to lift their game domestically before a run to the Cup showdown in Polokwane.
The same can be said of Matsatsantsa.
They started the season expecting big things after bringing in the likes of Dean Furman with Gordon Igesund at the helm.
But things quickly unravelled, before Igesund was replaced and Stuart Baxter got the Pretoria side back on the track.
The Baxter effect will be immense, his tactical class cannot be questioned or over-emphasized.
SuperSport players have on a number of occasions hailed Baxter’s influence on the team.
Even top marksman Jeremy Brockie says Baxter is the reason why he is willing to stay at United.
Since his arrival Baxter has revived the hopes of SuperSport. He managed to get them to qualify for the top eight.
Baxter will also be out to exploit the flaws and faults in Eric Tinkler’s team. Chances are his players know where to hurt Pirates.
Bucs, however, will be riding high on emotion.
Eric Tinkler’s men will want to redeem themselves and rescue a season that began with so much promise.
That quickly fell apart when they were beaten on aggregate by Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel in the Confed Cup final in November.