Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
2 Apr 2016
9:30 am

Sundowns set sights on retaining Nedbank Cup title

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Mamelodi Sundowns will continue their quest to retain the Nedbank Cup title when they host minnows Mbombela United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium tonight.

Keagan Dolly of Mamelodi Sundowns. Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

The Brazilians will walk on to the pitch with one thing on their mind, which is not to underestimate teams from the lower divisions following their Last-32 encounter with Highlands Park.

Pitso Mosimane’s side were made to sweat for a spot in the last eight, winning the tie by a single goal courtesy of a Keagan Dolly wonder strike in the first half of extra-time.

The result came as a shock to many, with Sundowns having been free scoring in the last couple of months. Going into this clash, Mosimane will surely be hoping his charges get an early goal to avoid any disappointments. And he will be hoping on the team’s attacking trio of Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Dolly to fill the net for them. The trio have scored 25 goals between them.

Mosimane will be missing his maestro Hlompho Kekana in the heart of the midfield and his position could be filled by Themba Zwane to partner Teko Modise in the central midfield, while veteran Surprise Moriri is another option.

In United, they face a team who are currently in sixth spot in the National First Division standings and are fighting for promotion this season.

The team from Mpumalanga booked their spot in the last-16 with an incredible 4-0 win away at Sibanye Golden Stars.