Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns will be without Kennedy Mweene, Mzikayise Mashaba and Asavela Mbekile for this weekend's clash against Orlando Pirates in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup in Namibia.
Sundowns have confirmed that the experienced trio are still nursing injuries and have not travelled to Namibia to face Bucs in the pre-season tournament.
The Dr Hage Geingob Cup will involve both South African clubs as well as Namibian sides Tigers and African Stars. Tigers are the reigning Namibia Premiership champions while Stars take part after a fan poll.
The winner of the Sundowns-Pirates semi-final will take on the victor in the other match-up involving Tigers and Stars.
The match presents an opportunity for Downs coach Pitso Mosimane to try out some different combinations with new recruit Sibusiso Vilakazi expected to play a prominent role. Brazilian defender Ricardo Nascimento could also feature along with the likes of fellow defender Soumahoro Bangaly, as well as midfielder Lucky Mohomi.
Nonetheless, it has been confirmed that Mweene, Mbekile and Mashaba will miss out as they continue to recover from injury.
"The team go to Namibia without Asavela [Mbekile], who is out with a right shoulder injury, Kennedy [Mweene] with a groin injury and Mzikayise [Mashaba], who is still nursing an hernia injury and has been out for a while now," a statement on the club's official website read.