Cup clash record gives Downs the edge


Sundowns will host SuperSport at home on Sunday at Atteridgeville’s Super Stadium. Kick off is at 15h00.

A week later it is Matsatsantsa’s turn to host the Brazilians at the same venue (Saturday, kick-off at 20h00).

Matches between Italian Serie A side AC Milan and Internazionale are always played at Milan’s San Siro stadium. However, the stadium is mainly blue when Internazionale play at home, while it converts to red when AC Milan plays.

At present, Sundowns and SuperSport also share the same home venue: Atteridgeville’s Super Stadium. It will be interesting to see if the colour at both games will be mainly Sundowns’ yellow or whether the blue of SuperSport will also shine brightly.

Coach Gavin Hunt won his first Premier League title last season with SuperSport and, knowing the sweet taste of victory, the Cape Town-born coach will want to add the MTN 8 trophy to his collection.

Matsatsantsa reached the semifinals thanks to beating Orlando Pirates 2-1. The goals were scored by Fikru Teferra and Anthony Laffor. Sundowns got the upper hand over Free State Stars, but only thanks to a Katlego Mphela goal in extra-time.

Mphela, who joined the Brazilians this season from SuperSport United, mostly warmed the bench towards the end of the 2007/2008 Absa Premiership. The 23-year-old striker will certainly want to prove a point coming up against his former side and score a goal.

Mphela is not the only player with a SuperSport United history; others are Sibusiso Gaxa, Thando Mngomeni, Lungisani Ndlela and Calvin Marlin, who is still out injured.

Gaxa was at Supersport the longest, making his PSL debut in the 2002/2003 season, before recently joining the Brazilians.

Supersport, meanwhile, signed two players from Sundowns to bolster their squad in Oscar Ntwagae and Brent Carelse, who has recovered from his hamstring injury.

Carelse was bought in early 2007 from Ajax Cape Town by Sundowns’ then coach Gordon Igesund. However, the midfielder did not seem to fit into the future plans of Trott Moloto, who took over from Igesund in early 2008.

Carelse, therefore, will be another player eager to show his true potential against his former employers and help Supersport beat Sundowns.

Last year, Sundowns beat Supersport 2-1 in the first round of the Nedbank Cup, but Matsatsantsa had the upper hand (2-0) in the SAA Supa 8 semifinal the season before.

In total, Sundowns and SuperSport have faced each other seven times in cup encounters with the Brazilians winning four of them.