The Nedbank Cup final is a whole new world for Maritzburg United and Free State Stars.
A victory in Saturday’s Cape Town Stadium showdown will be a first for either club, which has never won a trophy in the PSL era (kickoff 7pm).
For Maritzburg’s side squad of up-and-comers this could just be the beginning says 27-year-old cup-winning veteran Thato Thlone.
Defender Thlone moved to KZN in January, after helping Wits win the MTN8 this earlier this season and backs his new teammates to rise to the occasion.
He tells the club’s Facebook page: “We want to win it, it’s going to be all guns blazing from us, we’re going all out to win the final. The guys are excited and we are looking forward to it.
“We have got a young team and for most of the guys in our team it’s their first final. I’ve been there and experienced it, and so I’ve had some conversations in camp about how it feels - I’ve been sharing some of my experience. I said it’s just a game - you have to be level headed.”
Star boss Luc Emyael, meanwhile, sees the final as a ticket to the Caf Confederations Cup.
The Belgian says: “From our side we’d love to win and winning the Nedbank Cup comes with playing in the Confed Cup.
“We would obviously want to give it a shot if we want to get away from being referred to as a small team, we need to be competing in cup finals and we need to be on the African stage.”