The Team of Choice take on Masandawana at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, 6pm, with the KwaZulu-Natal Capital City side determined to claim their first ever silverware in South African football’s top flight.
United can take inspiration from Baroka FC, who as underdogs in last season’s TKO final, beat Orlando Pirates to lift the trophy.
As the excitement builds towards fever-pitch this week, we take a look back at how the two clubs arrived at the final destination in Durban.
Sundowns breezed past AmaZulu with a resounding 5-0 home victory. Maritzburg meanwhile had to sweat for a win over Bidvest Wits, as Thabiso Kutumela’s 60th minute penalty cancelled out Terrence Dzvukamanja’s 58th minute opener, the game then going to extra time before the PMB outfit triumphed 3-1 in the penalty shoot-out, thanks to two saves by Bongani Mpandle at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
Both teams needed penalties to advance. In United’s case, they drew 1-1 with Highlands Park at home - with an own goal in the 50th minute by Mlu Mbunjana enabling the hosts to claw their way back after Jerry Msane had given the Gauteng side a 14th minute lead. The match remained 1-1 after extra time, with Eric Tinkler’s men then triumphing 4-3 on spot kicks, with Mpandle again making a crucial save.
Sundowns meanwhile beat Chippa United on spot kicks after a 2-2 draw, to book their place in the last four.
This time there were no penalties, as both teams recorded 2-1 victories. The Brazilians had a relatively straightforward win over Golden Arrows, going 2-0 up through Hlompho Kekana and Gaston Sirino before conceding late on.
United on the other hand were involved in a real thriller with Kaizer Chiefs, taking a 30th minute lead through Judas Moseamedi only for Yagan Sasman to equalise 12 minutes from time. The Team of Choice stuck to their guns though and Moseamedi became the two-goal hero when he converted in the 85th minute to put the club into their second cup final in two years.