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Fans make their way to Moses Mabhida for MTN8 final

Excitement is growing ahead of the season's biggest game so far where Pirates and Chiefs will clash.

FILE: Pirates assistant coach Eric Tinkler says for any South African footballer, it’s the best game to be involved in. Picture: Lelo Mzaca/EWN

DURBAN, KwaZulu-Natal - Fans of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are making their way to Durban's Moses Mabhida for the final MTN8 game on Saturday night.

Pirates assistant coach Eric Tinkler says for any South African footballer, it's the best game to be involved in.

"I know past games haven't been the most entertaining because both teams have basically cancelled each other out.

"For us as coaches, it's a game that's pretty easy in terms of us having to motivate players, we don't have to do a lot of motivation, they are already motivated. As footballers, as coaches, these are the games you want to be involved in."

For Chiefs they will be without Itumeleng Khune due to injury and Daine Klate believes the change in goalkeepers could work in Pirates' advantage.

"I think they've been doing well without him, obviously a big blow for him, he's always been there in Chiefs and finals…so hopefully it's going to make a difference and whoever comes in is going to be a little bit shaken about the occasion and obviously it's going to work to our advantage."

Chiefs have good memories of the last time they played a final at Moses Mabhida. They won the Nedbank Cup in 2013 and Bernard Parker is hoping history repeats itself.

"We've always scored at Moses Mabhida, it did strike me, the first thing that came to my mind when we won the Nedbank Cup. It's a good ground for us. We've won most of our games there. I think it will be great for us."

Chiefs assistant coach Doctor Khumalo has slammed suggestions that the derby has gotten boring over recent years, adding that teams have tactically become better.

"We need to change our minds in terms of how do we view or watch the game. Look at the good tactical approach of both teams. Tactically you need all fullbacks giving an extra player when you attack. Be careful when you say it was boring, we need to be careful in terms of analysing."

Former players and coaches have been giving their opinion on who they think will win, and Lucas Radebe has backed his former team Kaizer Chiefs to lift the trophy.

"If you look at both sides, it's youngsters, it's good quality people who love to learn. Because of the new culture of the national team, they want to impress.

"Pirates lost one game, Chiefs haven't lost. Pirates have won their black label, Chiefs have lost their black label. So this is the time for Amakhosi to host the first trophy of the year."

Wits coach Gavin Hunt meanwhile says he might be the one South African not keenly watching the game.

"I'd rather watch something else because it's very difficult to watch. But obviously there's a keen interest in it. It's two of the biggest clubs in South Africa, so there will be interest but I mean, I certainly won't sit down and watch it. Whatever I'm doing, I'll do you know. So I wish them both luck and may the best team win."

An R8 million pay day will be awaiting the winner of tonight's final. For Chiefs, the final is the perfect way to consolidate their perfect start to the new season that has seen them win nine straight games.

Pirates meanwhile will be looking to win their second trophy in a row after reaching a fifth consecutive cup final.

The derby may have lost some of its gloss over the past few seasons with draws at tightly contested games characterising the clashes between the Soweto rivals, but both coaches have expressed an intent to wrap it up within regulation.

By 10:30 tonight we will know who is the last team standing.

Ahead of the fixture one fan has given his prediction on who will win.

"I think Chiefs are going to win 2-0 because I can see their morale is very good and they've had good performance over the past two games. I think Masango is going to score the first goal, second by Maluleka."

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