Absa Premiership

Preview: Sundowns v Mbombela

2016-04-02 15:45
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Cape Town - Mbombela United will face the challenge of visiting reigning Nedbank Cup champions Mamelodi Sundowns for a last 16 clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium on April 2.

Kick-off is at 20:15.

Current form

Sundowns overcame National First Division side Highlands Park 1-0 after extra time to book their place in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup, while their most recent outing was a 1-1 draw away to AC Leopards of the Congo, a result which saw them advance into the final preliminary knockout round of the CAF Champions League.

United crushed lower league side Sibanye Golden Stars 4-0 to advance into the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup, while their most recent outing in the National First Division saw them claim a 1-0 away win over Thanda Royal Zulu.

Head-to-head history

This will be the first meeting of Mamelodi Sundowns and Mbombela United.

Nedbank Cup pedigree

Sundowns are the current Nedbank Cup champions, having beaten Ajax Cape Town on penalties in last year’s final in Port Elizabeth to claim the trophy. It was their fourth triumph in the Nedbank Cup, having also won the competition in 1986, 1998 and 2008. They were also beaten finalists in 2012, 2007, 2001, 2000 and 1989.

Mbombela United are competing in the Nedbank Cup for the third time. Their debut in the last 32 of the competition arrived in 2013 when they were beaten by Vasco da Gama. The following year they narrowly lost 4-3 to Moroka Swallows at the same stage of the competition.

Head-to-Head

N/A – This will be the first competitive meeting between Mamelodi Sundowns and Mbombela United.

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