Stars advanced info the final with wins over Super Eagles (2-1 after extra time), Chippa United (2-1), Ubuntu Cape Town (4-2 on penalties, 1-1 draw after extra time) and Kaizer Chiefs (2-0) in the last 32, last 16, quarterfinal and semifinal respectively.
Harris Tchilimbou netted a famous brace in the semis, while Rooi Mahamutsa, Mohammed Anas, Paulus Masehe, Bengali Keita and Goodman Dlamini have all scored a goal apiece in their campaign.
Ea Lla Koto have never won the Nedbank Cup, though they were runners-up in the 1994 final (as QwaQwa Stars). This will be their first cup final since 1999, when they were beaten by Mamelodi Sundowns to the Rothmans Cup trophy.
The Free State side come into the game on the back of a 2-1 loss to Orlando Pirates in their final league clash this past weekend. They have recorded two defeats and a draw since their semifinal victory over Chiefs.
Maritzburg have earned their place in the final thanks to victories over Swallows FC (3-1 after extra time), Royal Eagles (2-1), Bloemfontein Celtic (1-0) and Mamelodi Sundowns (3-1) in the last 32, last 16, quarterfinal and semifinal respectively.
Andrea Fileccia, Mxolisi Kunene and Lebohang Maboe have each scored two goals in their campaign, while Deolin Mekoa, Siyanda Xulu and Fortune Makaringe have also netted.
This will be the Team of Choice’s first cup final (in any major competition), as they chase their maiden top flight title.
The KwaZulu-Natal side comes into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to provincial rivals Golden Arrows in their final league clash this past weekend. They have recorded two draws and a defeat since their semifinal victory over Sundowns.
Stars and Maritzburg have met in just one previous cup match, a last 16 Telkom Knockout tie in 2008 which was won 2-0 at home by the Free State side, thanks to a brace from Diyo Sibisi (a player who went on to represent United later in his career).
Overall, the teams have clashed in 23 matches across all competitions since 2005/06. Ea Lla Koto have claimed nine wins compared to four for the Team of Choice, while no less than 10 games have been drawn.
Maritzburg and Stars have met twice in the league this season, with Ea Lla Koto winning 1-0 in Pietermaritzburg thanks to a goal from Sinethemba Jantjie in the first half of the campaign, while the return game in Bethlehem ended 3-0 in favour of the Team of Choice, with strikes from Fileccia, Evans Rusike and Bandile Shandu.
Head-to-Head (since 2005/06)
PREVIOUS CUP MEETINGS
Season Cup Result Scorers
2008/09 Telkom KO, last 16 Stars 2-0 Maritzburg Sibisi 2
LAST 10 LEAGUE RESULTS
Season Result Scorers
2013/14 Stars 2-0 Maritzburg Ouro-Akoriko, Abdul-Basit
2013/14 Maritzburg 3-2 Stars Evans 2, Jayiya; Venter, Cloete
2014/15 Stars 1-1 Maritzburg Sekola; Mngonyama
2014/15 Maritzburg 0-0 Stars
2015/16 Maritzburg 2-3 Stars Lentjies, Anas; Venter, Fileccia, Sankara
2015/16 Stars 0-1 Maritzburg Van Wyk
2016/17 Stars 1-1 Maritzburg Dlamini; Lentjies
2016/17 Maritzburg 2-1 Stars Rusike, Maboe; Anas
2017/18 Maritzburg 0-1 Stars Jantjie
2017/18 Stars 0-3 Maritzburg Fileccia, Rusike, Shandu
OVERALL RECORD (all competitions)