Absa Premiership

Preview: Sundowns v Thanda Royal Zulu

2015-02-21 06:00
Kennedy Mweene (Gallo)

Cape Town - Kennedy Mweene is in line for a recall in the Mamelodi Sundowns goal for their Nedbank Cup encounter against National First Division high-fliers Thanda Royal Zulu at Loftus Stadium on Saturday.

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The Zambia goalkeeper has yet to feature for the Brazilians since the season resumed at the beginning of February, but might get his opportunity in the last-32 this weekend, along with several other fringe players, including Siyanda Zwane, Rheece Evans and Mame Niang.

The Chloorkop giants were beaten by eventual champions Orlando Pirates in the Ke Yona quarter-final last year and will be desperate to go all the way this time round, having not won the title since 2008.

The Buccaneers themselves encountered TRZ last year when they needed penalties to overcome them in Richards Bay following an enthralling 3-3 draw.

Amabhubesi captain Diamond Thopola has fond memories of that game and hopes to be an equal match for Sundowns as well.

"Last season we lost the game on the last minute because we lost concentration," he said. "The good thing is, the team that played Pirates and committed mistakes is the same team that will play Sundowns.

"The team did not change that much this season. We all know where we went wrong so we are not going to repeat the same mistakes against Sundowns."

The visitors, currently third in the NFD, will be without coach Vladislav Heric, who still has visa problems.

The two sides have met seven times over the years, with Sundowns holding the advantage on head-to-head 4-1, although Thanda did win the last meeting back in 2009.

Kick-off is at 17:30.

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