JOHANNESBURG – As the Telkom Knockout Cup action continues to keep South Africa at a standstill, Mamelodi Sundowns take to the field of play against AmaZulu on Sunday afternoon.
The quest for a Top Eight spot continues for the reigning Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions and they have to eliminate Usuthu at Lucas Moripe Stadium to join fellow big guns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
Coach Ernst Middendorp’s Amakhosi managed to book their spot in the Last Eight after facing Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium where they claimed a 4-2 victory on penalties.
On the other hand, a fellow Soweto giant left it late to seal their passage into the quarter-finals through Thembinkosi Lorch’s strike to beat PSL newbies Stellenbosch FC.
Following their failure to reach the final of the MTN8, coach Pitso Mosimane has set their ambitions clear regarding the league cup, saying they want to make their supporters happy, but the million-dollar question is whether can they overcome the revived Usuthu or it will be another disappointing cup run.
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“When it’s an international break, at Sundowns, it’s a problem because everyone is gone. Which team do I train in international week?” Mosimane quizzed.
“There is nobody at Sundowns, Safa takes everybody. I am left with Manqoba and we just look at each other. I say to Manqoba, ‘what are we going to do? We have 12 players. Can we go play golf maybe?’ It’s totally different from everybody else.”
“We know that we don’t rise to the occasion in cup games as we are supposed to. Last season, we lost to Baroka [in the TKO] and they beat us fair, 2-0 and killed us,” he said.
“Cups are always a problem because we run a different program. We want to win the league and the CAF Champions League as a priority, but we want to win one local cup for the fans.”
Meanwhile, the cup competition got underway on Friday night and it was expected to produce shocking results, but the Big Three remains in contention to lift the trophy.
However, newly-crowned Wafa Wafa champions SuperSport United stunned the reigning champions Baroka FC in penalties on Saturday night.
The other match scheduled for Sunday afternoon will see MTN8 losing finalists Highlands Park up against Black leopards at home at 15:00.
Telkom Knockout Cup weekend results:
Maritzburg United 1–1 Bidvest Wits (3-1 on penalties)
Golden Arrows 1-0 Polokwane City
SuperSport United 1-1 Baroka (3-2 on penalties)