Mathaithai FC will be looking to continue their run in the Nedbank Cup by putting Mamelodi Sundowns to the sword when the two sides meet at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Sundowns, on the other hand, will be hoping to return to winning ways after they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Maritzburg United in the DStv Premiership over the weekend as goals from Bulelani Ndengane and Amadou Soukouna cancelled out Peter Shalulile’s 37th-minute opener.
The Brazilians advanced to this stage of the competition following their comfortable 4-0 victory over the GladAfrica Championship side Richards Bay at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban on 4 February, with Surprise Ralani, Rushine De Reuck, Pavol Safranko and Peter Shalulile getting their names on the score sheet.
Mathaithai made their way to this stage of the competition after they defeated NC Professionals in the Round of 32 at the GWK Park in Kimberley on 12 February through goals from Teboho Modise and Sabata Manele.
This will be the first meeting between Mamelodi Sundowns and Mathaithai when they meet in the Nedbank Cup.
Haashim Domingo has recently proven his worth in the Sundowns squad having scored and assisted a goal in their last two DStv Premiership games, Mathaithai will look to star man Teboho Modise to deliver the goods in the final third.
Masandawana will have six players sidelined through injury, including Denia Onyango Erwin Saavedra, Pavol Safranko, Rivaldo Coetzee, Mosa Lebusa and Gift Motupa, while Morena Lothane has no injuries or suspensions for their crucial clash against the Tshwane giants.
Possible Starting Lineup:
Mamelodi Sundowns: Kennedy Mweene, Lyle Lakay, Grant Kekana, Khuliso Mudau, Rushine De Reuck, Thapelo Morena, Haashim Domingo, Sphelele Mkhulise, Teboho Mokoena, Lesedi Kapinga, Peter Shalulile.
Mathaithai: Mbali Tshabalala, Thabang Jafta, Khotso Mokhele, Letsane Lebohang, Tebello Khanya, Teboho Modise, Moeketsi Sephiri, Jackson Dondold, Sabata Manele, Keketso Khahleli, Thabang Mabenyane.