By Isaac Ndou
CAPE TOWN: Cape Town City will host Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup last 8 in what promised to be a match of the weekend.
There are factors that could come to take effect and give City the upper hand to progress to the competitions semi-finals. Firstly, Sundowns are still in three competitions namely the Absa Primiership League, Caf Champions league and the Nedbank Cup itself, meaning they will likely have to prioritise amongst the competitions and the Nedbank Cup may take last place as a priority.
Pitso Mosimane might resort to rotating his squad for Sunday’s game in Cape Town having their midweek crucial and must win game against Chippa United. If they don’t win the game against the Chilli Boys, then they would have put themselves in an unpleasant situation which may see Orlando Pirates top the league table.
Former Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise has been in fine form for the Citizens and was named man of the match in their last Nedbank Cup game against Orlando Pirates. His presence in midfield against his former side may cause major problems for the Brazilians as he will want to show them how good he still is.
If the squad is rotated, it may feature the likes of George Lebese and Anthony Laffor who have spent much of the season on the bench and lack match fitness, something that could come back to bite the as Benni McCarthy’s side have shown in the past that they are capable of winning cup matches, especially the big one.
McCarthy has nothing to lose going into the game but has so much to gain, considering that his team have fallen out of the league race and they’ve already lost out in a cup final this season which means that they may put everything out in the Nedbank Cup in search of redemption.
The match will take place on Sunday afternoon at the Cape Town Stadium, kick off at 15h00.