Kaizer Chiefs v Mamelodi Sundowns
Last season's Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns will give a new-look Kaizer Chiefs their first big test when the teams face off in Saturday's inaugural Shell Helix Ultra Cup.
The match will take place at the FNB Stadium in Nasrec, with kick-off scheduled for 15h00.
As if the rivalry between Sundowns -- South Africa's most successful club in the modern era, and Chiefs -- arguably its grandest footballing institution -- wasn't enough motivation in itself, both sides have been given an added incentive by Khama Billiat's move from Masandawana to Amakhosi.
The Zimbabwean winger picked up three titles in five years at the Chloorkop-based side after signing from Ajax Cape Town. He was linked with a move overseas, but instead joined Chiefs. He will be raring to make his mark against his former employers.
Sundowns themselves were able to beat Amakhosi in the race to sign former Orlando Pirates midfielder Andile Jali on his return to South Africa following four years at KV Oostende.
Jali started alongside Hlompho Kekana in the midfield for Masandawana's 1-0 CAF Champions League defeat to Togo-Port on Tuesday and will be hoping for the chance to line up against his old foes.
Chiefs are under new mentorship following the appointment of former Free State Stars boss Giovanni Solinas as coach. However, reports suggest he is unlikely to take his place on the bench just yet as he awaits the finalisation of his work permit.
Solinas' assistant, Patrick Mabedi, is expected to fill in for him in the dugout again if he has to watch the game from the stands, as was the case during their triumphant Maize Cup campaign. Nevertheless, the Italian has already been familiarising himself his new squad.
"The coach has started doing work on the field with the players. The training sessions have been encouraging to see," Chiefs communications manager Vina Maphosa said, according to TimesLIVE.
Meanwhile, Solinas' counterpart, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, has admitted that a clash between these two South African giants can never be just an ordinary friendly.
"Above all, what is important for Sundowns is to have official pre-season games that you know is a strong game, that players and everybody will be looking out to -- unlike when you don't have nothing [sic]. Then you have to motivate players and play in games where there are no supporters, that does not look good," he said, according to Kick Off.
"It is also good for our team to have a tournament with a team of the calibre of Chiefs. They have numbers, they are a big club. Our games against them are never easy, they are forever big games."