2018 Nedbank Cup Final – The key men03/05/2018
Both 2018 Nedbank Cup finalists are brimming with talent as Maritzburg United take on Free State Stars at the Cape Town Stadium on May 19.
Here is a look at three players from either side who could hold the key to victory.
Veteran defender Fransman has been a rock at the back for Maritzburg this season, bringing leadership and experience to the heart of their defence. He also has significant aerial ability and positioning skills, and will have the physicality to match the Stars forwards.
Ndlovu does all the dirt work in the midfield, making tackles to win possession and get his side on the front-foot. He has emerged as a top player this season, having been likened to Chelsea’s France international N’golo Kante, and winning a first international cap with Bafana Bafana. Watch out for his high workrate.
Belgian forward Fileccia is the top-scorer in the Nedbank Cup so far this season with three goals and is having an excellent campaign in all competitions. He is a clinical finisher, but also a clever player off the ball as he makes runs that draw defenders and provides plenty of assists.
FREE STATE STARS
Masehe remains an influential figure for Stars, whether he plays in defence or midfield, and brings a wealth of experience and the kind of steel that makes opposition players quake. When he plays well, the team generally does well.
The live-wire attacking midfielder has pace and skill on the ball, and can create chances out of nothing. He gets his faire share of goals as well as he looks to run at defenders and cause panic in the opposition.
The Congolese forward does not score that many goals, but tends to come up with important ones, such as his brace in the semifinal victory over Kaizer Chiefs. He has good pace and positional awareness, and often pops up in the right place at the right time.
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