Super finish



May 17, 2016
Super finish

TOUGH ASK: SuperSport have to beat Orlando Pirates twice to keep silverware dreams alive. CREDIT: Sourced

SuperSport gear up for two ‘cup’ finals against Bucs to end season.

SuperSport United boss Stuart Baxter is paaping over his two “cup finals” against Orlando Pirates.

Baxter’s manne take on Bucs on the final week of the PSL this Saturday and then meet again seven days later in the Nedbank Cup decider at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Both matches are important for Baxter and SuperSport as a win in the league may help them secure a top-eight finish while a win in the Cup final will be a glorious moment for Baxter and his men.

And the Englishman has dubbed the two clashes back-to-back finals, with massive decisions to make ahead of the double header against the Sowetans.

The former Bafana Bafana chief says: “We were hoping the top eight would have been secured before going to the Pirates game.

“It was going to be a chance to rest some of the players before an eventual final.

“Now we have two cup finals virtually on back to back so I have to decide whether I am going to change the team, change the shape in an effort to surprise them maybe and keep something in the back pocket for the final.

“Maybe I will be too clever for myself or maybe I will fall flat on my face. I don’t know. I haven’t decided.

“That’s the challenge I have got. I have some tough decisions to make. It will be easier if I know the fitness levels of players like Dove Wome.

“Dean Furman picked up a little knock, Thuso [Phala] has a bad shoulder and [Clayton] Daniels too. I want to know. In a couple of days I will make bigger decisions. That’s the challenge we have got.”

For SuperSport to have reached the final is be a massive achievement, considering the season they have had, with the club floundering under former coach Gordon Igesund.

Baxter is content with the feat and he is hoping their club can go all the way to glory against Pirates.

He is, however, aware of the threat posed by Eric Tinkler’s men and says: “We are delighted that we get to right a few wrongs that have gone on this year.

“We are all looking forward to it. Pirates are a good team. They play very quickly. They are a good side, especially a good cup side.

“They have showed that in the African tournament. It will be two difficult games.”

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