Kaizer Chiefs beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 in the 2018 Macufe Cup encounter which was played at the Free State Stadium on Sunday.
Steve Komphela made 10 changes to the team that faced their provincial rivals, Free State Stars in a PSL match at the Goble Park Stadium last weekend.
Bongani Sam kept his place in the starting line-up as Phunya Sele Sele looked to win the Macufe Cup for the first time since 2015.
Giovanni Solinas made eight changes to the team that faced Polokwane City and lost in a PSL encounter at the Moses Mabhida Stadium last weekend.
Mario Booysen, Lebogang Manyama and George Maluleka all kept their places in their team as Amakhosi looked to defend their Macufe Cup crown.
The Soweto giants clinched last year's friendly tournament after defeating Celtic 4-2 in a thrilling encounter which was played at the Free State Stadium.
Kabelo Mahlasela was facing former side Celtic for the first time since leaving the Free State giants for Chiefs midway through last season.
The creative midfielder nearly grabbed an assist when he set-up Bhongolethu Jayiya, who narrowly missed the target with a header.
Chiefs were dominating possession and their dominance paid off six minutes after the half-hour mark when the Celtic defence was caught napping.
Manyama was the man who punished Phunya Sele Sele as he hit the back of the net with a left-footed strike to make it 1-0 to Chiefs.
The goal did not come as a surprise as Amakhosi had scored majority of their goals (38.5%) within the last 15 minutes of the first half of their respective league games this season.
Chiefs were able to hold on to their slender lead until the match referee blew the half-time whistle.
The score was 1-0 to Chiefs during the half-time break in the city of Roses.
Amakhosi continued their dominance after the restart and Manyama nearly grabbed his brace when his volleyed effort narrowly missed the target.
Bernard Parker, who scored for the Naturena-based side in last year's Macufe Cup, was introduced by Solinas just after the hour-mark.
Solinas' side was unfortunate not to double their lead when former Celtic striker Dumisani Zuma's effort was cleared off the goal-line by Wandisile Letlabika.
The Phunya Sele Sele defence which was led by Letlabika, who recently returned from a long-term injury, was kept busy by Amakhosi in the closing stages of the game.
Chiefs' 2-0 win over Celtic was sealed by Zuma with a minute left on the clock after a good move with the forward haunting his former side.
As a result, Amakhosi won the Macufe Cup for the third year running.