All eyes will be on Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates this weekend as the Nedbank Cup takes centre stage. The game set for Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane is the main attraction for various and obvious reasons.
In the two meetings this season, Sundowns had the upper hand over their old rivals, winning both games 2-0 (at home) and 2-1 away.
This is a chance for Pirates to revenge the defeats and also salvage some silverware this season.
For Sundowns, the Nedbank Cup is a chance for the team to claim a treble on trophies this season, with the Telkom Knockout already in the bag and the Absa Premiership in the offing.
There will be some interesting duels in Saturday night’s game, and Phakaaathi looks at some that are likely to attract more interest.
Leonardo Castro v Edwin Gyimah
This should prove to be very interesting. Gymah has been in excellent form at the back for Pirates, while Castro is proving his goal scoring capabilities in almost every game. The Pirates defence will have a hard night trying to protect their goalkeeper, Brighton Mhlongo from the Sundowns attack lead by Castro. Gyimah could be the man assigned to keep the Colombian attacker quite.
Hompho Kekana v Issa Sarr
In games of such high calibre, the war is almost always won in midfield. Whichever team gets to control the game their midfield usually have a better chance of winning. Kekana has been a marvel to watch for Sundowns this season and comes up with some crucial goals every now and then. In his last game, Sarr came on a substitute after Lehlogonolo Masalesa was red carded and did quite well. The Senegalese also scored with an unbelievable strike as Pirates annihilated Golden Arrows 4-1 in a league game.
Wayne Arendse v Tendai Ndoro
Arendse has held his own in central defence for Sundowns and his combination with Thabo Nthethe is one of the solid parings in the country. But they are in for it of Saturday night as Ndoro has been in scintillating form and has dismantled almost every defence he has faced thus far. Arendse will have his hands full trying to keep the Zimbabwean striker from scoring.