SUPERSPORT United midfielder Mandla Masango believes that mental strength will be the key in the Nedbbank Cup final when his side takes on Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium this Saturday (8.15pm).
Matsatsantsa are the favourites heading into this encounter having defeated Pirates in last year's final and they were also unbeaten against the Soweto giants during the 2016/17 season.
The Pretoria based club could makes history of becoming the first club to win the Nedbank Cup back to back defeating the same opponents in the final.
This will be also's Masango's first final since he left Kaizer Chiefs in 2015.
The Mpumalanga born attacking midfielder left Chiefs to join Danish side, Randers FC before coming back in January to join United on a loan basis.
Masango who is eyeing his first cup glory since he left Kaizer Chiefs for Danish side Randers said: “We are the underdogs but we are up for the challenge.
“It’s going to be an interesting game, we have been playing in the Caf confederation and that will give us a little bit of an edge. But on the day it will be entirely up to us as players to decide our faith.
“Playing Pirates it’s always difficult whether they are on form or not. They finished out of the top eight brackets so they want something to redeem themselves.”
He added: “The mental strength will come to play, we have to be mentally ready, mentally focused. We have to use it as our advantage pick up where we left off in the Caf Confederation cup on Tuesday.”
Meanwhile winning the Cup for Pirates will come as some sort of redemption for the team's poor season and also celebrate their 80th anniversary with something.
Dove Wome who is on-loan at Pirates from Matsatsantsa could hold the key to Buccaneers success in the final and haunt his former club.
In last years final the Togolese forward was one of the key players when they defeat Pirates in Polokwane.