Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Tiyani Mabunda expects emotional game against Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 26 January 2018 Time: 14:19
After Kaizer Chiefs went to Loftus and upset Mamelodi Sundowns in the first half of the season, the former African champions will be out to do the same to Amakhosi when they visit FNB Stadium.
Sundowns midfielder Tiyani Mabunda feels they should have won the first round match which was played at Loftus Versfeld, a game which Amakhosi won 2-1. Mabunda was sent off in that match.
So the clash at FNB Stadium tomorrow (15h30), in Chiefs’ backyard, will give log leaders Sundowns an opportunity to get back at Steve Komphela’s men.
Victory for Sundowns would put them eight points ahead of third-placed Chiefs, while the Soweto giants would move to within two points of the Brazilians if they come out tops.
“We played in the first round and they won. It was not an easy game, but I believe we should have won. And you know football sometimes is not about good football, but about scoring. On the day they scored,” Mabunda tells KickOff.com.
The contest on Saturday will be a totally different ball game. Chiefs have had a good run of form, so it will be interesting. None of the teams will be defensive on the day because both teams have been doing well. It will be a good game to watch.
“It’s really not about strengths and weaknesses because you never know how they will come out on the day. It will be emotional for both teams because we both want to win.”
The midfield is where the game could be won or lost, with both sides boasting top quality in that department. Mabunda has formed a solid partnership with Oupa Manyisa and Hlompho Kekana, while Amakhosi have Willard Katsande and George Maluleka who are always ready for battle in the centre of the park.
“It’s about which team is strong on the day. The midfield is a very important part of the team. We will do what we always do in midfield for the team and it’s important for our strikers to get the goals on the day.”
Sundowns will come up against their former striker Leonardo Castro, who scored on debut for Amakhosi against Baroka FC last weekend.
“Castro is an exceptional player. The coach [Pitso Mosimane] said he would have loved to keep him, but in football movement happens.”