Absa Premiership

Downs stars stress importance of MTN 8 victory

2016-09-28 17:06
Hlompho Kekana (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - A number of Mamelodi Sundowns players have stressed the importance of picking up a victory against Bidvest Wits in the MTN 8 final on Saturday.

The Chloorkop-based outfit booked their in the top-eight cup competition final with a 1-0 aggregate victory against Chippa United, whilst the Clever Boys recorded a comprehensive 3-0 victory against newcomers Cape Town City.

The occasion will possibly prove to be an emotional one for Sundowns' new acquisition, Sibusiso Vilakazi, following his move from Wits during the most recent transfer window - after a seven-year tenure with the club.

"It's important for us to win the trophy. I mean what's the point of getting to a final and not winning it," Vilakazi told reporters.

"We know they want this final but we have to prove that we want it the most," he added.

The in-form Percy Tau, meanwhile, revealed his excitement at having to appear in front of the home support in the final at the Mbombela Stadium, whilst citing what an honour it was to play for the CAF Champions League finalists.

"I am from Mpumalanga, so this means a lot to me. To play the final in my home province," the 22-year-old said.

"I am honoured to play in the same team with the best players in the league. I see them everyday at training."

Brazilians captain Hlompho Kekana admits they have a lot of respect for their opponents, but maintained that they would play their own game. 

"We respect Bidvest Wits, they are a very good team but we need to go there and play our own game," Kekana said.

Read more on:    mamelodi sundowns  |  wits  |  mtn 8  |  hlompho kekana  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Free State Stars v SuperSport United, Goble Park 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Friday, 15 December 2017
Cape Town City FC v AmaZulu FC, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Orlando Pirates, Goble Park 18:00
Wits v Platinum Stars, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Kaizer Chiefs v Ajax Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.