On Saturday, the first piece of silverware will be handed out in the 2017/18 South African Premier Soccer League season with the final of the MTN8 to be played between Cape Town City and SuperSport United in Durban.
To whet the appetite, KweséESPN trawls through history to select the top-five MTN8 finals of all time.
ORLANDO PIRATES 3 KAIZER CHIEFS 2
The first-ever final in the top-eight competition provided a five-goal thriller in a Soweto Derby as Orlando Pirates edged bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs to become the first champions of what was then the BP Top Eight Cup.
Pirates introduced future star and national team coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba to South African soccer in this match played on a soggy pitch at the Orlando Stadium. It was Pirates' first win over Chiefs in official competition.
Mashaba proved an instant hit, not in front of goal but rather with three vital goal-line clearances through the match. Chiefs were the early aggressors and opened the scoring through Herman Blaschke, whose powerful shot flew past a helpless Patson Banda. Herbert Leroke equalised before half-time after a bad slip by Chiefs defender Gerald Dlamini.
A disputed penalty then gave Pirates a chance to put their noses in front and David Fakude converted from the spot. Elias Mokopane then added insult to injury with a third goal.
Chiefs launched a late fightback and got a goal from Johnny Mokoena late on to set up a grandstand finish, but they couldn't find the equaliser and Pirates were crowned champions.
First Leg: MOROKA SWALLOWS 3 ORLANDO PIRATES 1
Second Leg: ORLANDO PIRATES 6 MOROKA SWALLOWS 3
Pirates win 7-6 on aggregate
Between 1973 and 1990 the top-eight final was played over two legs and the decider in the third instalment of the competition provided a real thriller.
The first leg was played far from Soweto in Port Elizabeth and was a home game for Swallows, who profited from a Daniel Mophosho brace and a further goal by Andries Maseko to win 3-1.
But Blessing Mgidi scored what would prove to be a crucial goal ahead of the return at the Orlando Stadium. Pirates led 3-1 at half-time of that game to level the aggregate score, but the tie eventually went to extra-time before Percy Moloi popped up with the aggregate winner.
Other scorers on the day for Pirates were MacDonald Skosana (two), Jomo Sono, Mgidi and Simon Mothoa, while Swallows' goals came from John Makhubu, Edward Mabaso, and Mophosho.
Amazingly, the nine goals scored in this fixture are not the most ever in a South African cup - final match - Chiefs beat Pirates 7-3 in the second leg of the 1972 Champion of Champions final.
KAIZER CHIEFS 4 JOMO COSMOS 3
It is not often that you score a hat-trick in a cup final and end up on the losing side, but that is exactly what happened to Jomo Cosmos forward Phil Masinga against Chiefs.
After Doctor Khumalo had given Chiefs the lead from the penalty spot early on, Masinga scored twice to turn the tables in Cosmos' favour.
But the see-saw battle swung again in the favour of Chiefs when Shane MacGregor and Fani Madida scored two goals in as many minutes to turn the tide in favour of the AmaKhosi.
That looked to have sealed the trophy for Chiefs, but Masinga completed his hat-trick five minutes from time to make the score 3-3 and seemingly take the game into extra time.
But the Cosmos celebrations had barely died down when Madida grabbed a second on 88 minutes to hand Chiefs the trophy.
KAIZER CHIEFS 3 MAMELODI SUNDOWNS 2
Another final with a number of twists and turns, Chiefs again came out on top in a close battle as Mike Maringa scored an extra-time goal to complete their trophy win at Soccer City.
Sundowns had taken the lead on 19 minutes, but when current Zambia national team coach Wedson Nyirendabagged bagged a brace in the second half, Chiefs were on top.
The prolific Sundowns striker Daniel Mudau took the tie into extra time, though, with an equaliser 13 minutes from the end, but Chiefs won the day as Zimbabwean Maringa worked his magic to claim the title for his side.
LAMONTVILLE GOLDEN ARROWS 6 AJAX CAPE TOWN 0
There was nothing close about this battle, but it is one of the finest cup-final displays you will see and remains the largest margin of victory in a knockout decider in South African football history.
Unfancied Golden Arrows tore Ajax to shreds, though the Cape Town club admittedly had just lost coach Muhsin Ertugral to Turkey and injuries meant they were forced to field winger Franklin Cale at left back.
The margin of victory might have been greater still had veteran Ajax keeper Hans Vonk not made a number of fine stops too. Njabulo Manqana opened the scoring for Golden Arrows when he beat a flat-footed Ajax defence to score.
Latvian defender Deniss Ivanovs then deflected Mzuvukile Tom's shot into the back of his own net, before the match was halted for an hour by a floodlight failure at the Orlando Stadium.
When it resumed, Golden Arrows were dominant still as Richard Henyekane, Thokozani Mshengu and Ntlantla Zothwane all scored for the Durban side.
When Manqana added a sixth late on, the humiliation for Ajax was complete.