The fight for a place in the MTN8 final is turning into a real death match, old school wrestling style.
After a flying start to life in SA Football, Cape Town City FC came crashing back down to earth in Johannesburg.
On the Wits University campus they were taught a real lesson in the first leg of the semi, losing 3-0 to a side with 10 men.
Truth be told it was always going to be an uphill battle for Eric Tinkler’s men as Wits are one of, if not, the form side in the country right now.
There’s a reason they finished second in the league last term and they’ve strengthened, especially up front, and so they look even stronger.
The question is whether that scoreline is a knockout blow for CTC.
Right now it looks that way, but should they score the first goal at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night, everything could change.
But what makes things even more tricky is the away goals rule.
Should Wits score once more, that little bit of hope Tinkler’s men may still have will surely vanish.
It’s the same story for Chippa United who can afford to score once and sit back when they travel to Pretoria this time next week to face Mamelodi Sundowns.
You have to give massive props to Chippa boss Dan Malesela, he really got his tactics spot on.
He said he wanted to keep a clean sheet, that was the most important thing, and that’s exactly what the Chilli Boys did at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
They dominated Masandawana and they impressed a lot of people with their display.
But games win goals and Chippa couldn’t convert any of their chances.
I guess it’s lucky for them that Masandawana couldn’t either in a feisty tie.
Sundowns claim they should have had a late penalty for a foul on Khama Billiat but they had plenty of opportunities to get that away goal.
Pitso Mosimane said before the game the worst scoreline would be 0-0 because it means, with the away goal, Chippa could do a smash-n-grab job at Loftus Versveld next week.
I can’t wait for the second legs of these games, we are going to see flames.