Super Cup history on Mamelodi Sundowns' side as they prepare to host TP Mazembe at Loftus
Posted: 17 February 2017 Time: 17:00
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns head into Saturday’s CAF Super Cup contest favoured by history as they bid to add yet another piece of silverware to the trophy cabinet at Chloorkop.
The one-off tie will be played at Loftus Versfeld this weekend, with CAF Champions League holders Sundowns facing last year’s CAF Confederations Cup winners TP Mazembe.
Mazembe are the holders of this trophy, having won it last year when they were still the reigning CAF Champions League winners, overcoming Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia.
Since the first-ever Super Cup match played in January 1993, it has only thrice been that the Champions League winners have ended up on the losing side, with those occasions coming in 1993, 1998 and 2012.
On all of the other 21 finals, the Champions League holders have dominated the tie, and it is that fact which swings the pendulum in the Brazilians’ favour.
Just like they did in winning the Champions League for the first time last year, the Tshwane giants will be looking to add another debut title to their tally.
Orlando Pirates remain the only South African club to lift the Super Cup, which they did in 1996 after beating JS Kabyile in the final, while Kaizer Chiefs were handed a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Egyptian powerhouse Al Ahly some 15 years ago.
The Super Cup – being played in South Africa for the third time – opens up the way for six other trophies that Sundowns can possibly win in this calendar year – the Nedbank Cup, the ABSA Premiership, MTN8, Telkom KnockOut, CAF Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.
TP Mazembe have thrice won this trophy since 2009, but this will be the first year that they will not be playing this match in the comforts of their home ground in Lubumbashi.
Both clubs are now minus players who did duty for them last year, with Sundowns now without Keagan Dolly, who joined French club Montpellier, while Mazembe lost the trio of Jonathan Bolingi, Merveille Bope and Christian Luyindama to Belgian club Standard Liege.
The referee for this final will be Ghead Zaglol Grisha of Egypt, assisted by Redouane Achik of Morocco and Waleed Ahmed Ali from Sudan, while Tunisian Youssef Essrayi will be the fourth official.