‘Downs face their Cup nemesis

2015-03-20 07:58
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Platinum Stars will look to once again be Mamelodi Sundowns’ nemesis when the teams meet in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

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Stars have knocked ‘Downs out of four cup competitions within the past three seasons, proving themselves a real bogey team for the club from Mamelodi.

Dikwena have already been a thorn in the Brazilians’ side this season, eliminating them from both the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout at the quarter- and semifinal stage respectively.

The teams have met in seven cup clashes down the years and Stars have five outright wins, while ‘Downs have one outright win and a win via a penalty shootout.

Across all competition since 2003/04, the teams have met in 29 matches. Dikwena have 11 wins compared to nine for the Brazilians, while nine matches have been drawn. However, Sundowns have claimed more victories (six to four) in the 14 matches where Stars have been the home side.

The Phokeng-based side earned their place in the last 16 of this year’s Nedbank Cup thanks to a 3-0 home win over lower league side The Magic FC, while Pitso Mosimane’s Sundowns beat NFD challengers Thanda Royal Zulu 2-0.

Stars have endured some patchy form of late (in fact, across the whole season), with their 2-1 loss at home to Maritzburg United last weekend following on from back-to-back wins over Moroka Swallows and University of Pretoria.

Sundowns, in contrast, racked up a 3-0 win over Chippa United in a midweek league match. The Tshwane side has claimed nine victories from their last 10 matches across all competitions.

Kick-off at 15:00 on Sunday, March 22.

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