Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns left-back Tebogo Langerman feels it is about time The Brazilians ended their MTN 8 cup jinx, following a 3-1 quarter-final victory over Supersport United on Sunday.
The brazilians are currently the survivors amongst 'The Big Three' in the lucrative MTN 8 knockout tournament, following Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates' early exits.
The Absa Premiership's reigning champions are yet to enjoy the taste of winning MTN 8 trophy since its inception in 2008.
"Having been with Sundowns for five seasons now [including the current one], I have been lucky to have won major trophies like Nedbank Cup, Telkom Knockout and League championship twice with the team. But the MTN8 is the only cup that has been eluding us for a long time, and it's about time we ended that jinx," Langerman told Vodacom Soccer.
"Yes, cup games are always tricky compared to league games, but with the momentum we are on at this stage, I'm optimistic that we have what it takes to make the grade in the MTN8 cup this time.
"I think our CAF Champions League's participation has come in handy for us so far in terms of match fitness compared to our PSL's opposition, who have just begun the season's campaign.
"We may not have played our PSL season's opening game as yet, but match-fitness wise we are there. But, we will never take a risk of taking our next PSL opposition for granted.
"From now on we will take each and every game we play as a cup final," enthused Langerman.
Downs, who will meet Chippa United in the next round of the MTN 8 semi-finals over two-legs on the weekend of September 10-11, will play their 2016/17 Premiership opener against Maritzburg United on 14 September at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg.