Cape Town - Mamelodi
Sundowns captain Alje Schut admits "the next match is always the most
important" as they prepare to juggle the Premiership, Nedbank Cup and CAF
Champions League in 2015.
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The Brazilians have managed to cut Kaizer Chiefs' top-flight
lead down to 10 points since the league's resumption at the beginning of
February, while they kicked off their continental campaign with a 1-1 draw away
to St Michel United.
Pitso Mosimane's men will now come up against Thanda Royal
Zulu in the Nedbank Cup last 32 and although there are plenty of matches to
contest in the coming months, Schut has called on the team to focus on the here
and now, starting against their NFD opposition this weekend.
“At this stage of the season we are not taking anything
lightly. The next match is always the most important one for us and right now
the Nedbank Cup match against Thanda Royal Zulu tops the agenda,” Schut told
Sundowns' official website.
“We can't afford to think about the league or the (CAF)
Champions League match right now because that would be total disrespect for our
“Then after the cup game, the most important match will be
the next one and so forth.”
When asked about the threat Thanda would pose in the Ke Yona,
Schut added: “We have done our homework and we strongly believe that our
opponents will bring their A-game, which means we also have to be at our best.
“Now if both sides come out to play good football, then the
spectators will definitely enjoy the football on display.
“The Nedbank cup is very special competition and we hope
that at the sound of the final whistle we will be the victorious side which
advances to the last 16.”
Kick-off is at 17:30 on Saturday, 21 February 2015.