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Sat 17 Oct by Mark Gleeson

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SuperSport United admit they are mightily concerned about today’s opening game of the new South African season as they go up against new boys Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila IN THE MTN8.It is the lack of any information about the opponent that is worrying coach Kaitano Tembo as TTM are a closed book. The club this week announced 21 new signings and a new coach at a function just 48 hours before kickoff in a bizarre effort to paper over the evident chaos in their build-up to the new campaign.It has been months since TTM agreed to buy the Bidvest Wits franchise and take over their status but getting ready for the foray into the top flight has all been a last minute rush.In theory, this should be a stroll in the park for SuperSport, who are looking to reach a fourth successive MTN8 final. But without being able to plan for the opponent, and not knowing what to expect, they are wary of being stung. Plus, it is also a long trip to Thohoyandou and they must overcome extreme heat today.Today’s other quarter-final tie sees Orlando Pirates hosting Cape Town City, who have sold their prized attacking asset Kermit Erasmus to Mamelodi Sundowns.Pirates have made some key purchases to strengthen their squad but they have consistently done well in the market place before most of the past six seasons, yet in none of them been able to pick up any silverware.