MTN8 semifinal build-up in quotes

Bidvest Wits host Cape Town City on Saturday and Chippa United meet Mamelodi Sundowns in PE on Sunday in the first legs of the MTN8 semi-finals.

Here's what's been said ahead of the two eagerly anticipated showdowns:

Daine Klate - Bidvest Wits winger

“Cape Town City did well in their first two games of the season. I know coach Eric Tinkler very well as well – he is a very organised and to the 'T' kind of person. They have definitely prepared well. In the short amount of time, they have had together they look like a solid unit. It will be a tough challenge for us on Saturday, and the key is to take it one game at a time. We need to focus on the first leg at home and ideally not concede any goals. Our focus is on the game ahead and not on a game which is in the past."

Eric Tinkler - Cape Town City head coach

“It’ll be really tough against Wits, they are up there in the running for the title this season. They’ve been there and thereabouts for the last few seasons and I think they will be among the main candidates for the title come the end of the campaign.

“But our aim is just to go into the game with a positive attitude and approach. Most importantly, we want to try to, at least, get an away goal that we can bring down to Cape Town for the second leg, to give us something to defend.”

Gavin Hunt - Bidvest Wits head coach

“They look well organised and I'm sure they will come here as we know Eric's teams. We will go to try and match that," he told MTNFootball.

“But as I said, there are no favourites to win this cup, anybody can beat anybody in this competition. We were favourites last year and we lost.

Ajax Cape Town coach Roger De Sa, Tinkler's former colleague at Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates, is backing the Urban Warriors' neighbours to win:

"Knowing Eric, he'll go out there and have a full go. He'll play to win, because that's the way he plays," he told Soccer Laduma.

"I think Eric can do it as well. I think Eric knows Wits pretty well, he'll know his own team well. So I think it is pretty evenly balanced. I'd liked to see City win. Personally, I think it will be nice for the City. I love the underdogs. A Chippa-City final would be fantastic."

Dan Malesela - Chippa United head coach

"I'm not looking at what Sundowns can do, I'm looking at what we need to do you know, and the biggest point overall is not to concede a goal at home.

"But I'm not saying we are going to defend. We don't know how to do that, sit back and wait for people.

"They are not in the Champions league by fluke you know - they are not the champions of our league by fluke - so we have to afford them the respect they deserve. I think that it could be a very entertaining match for the spectators

Pitso Mosimane - Mamelodi Sundowns head coach

"We are not looking at which trophies we've won or haven't won, no!” he said ahead of the game. “I have a passion for each and every game.

"I am not a coach to calculate trophies. People put certificates on the wall it's not my style. I want to win every game; every game to me is important.

"It's about lifting trophies. it's our motto in this club. But yes, this cup has been a problem for us."