Mamelodi Sundowns welcome minnows Mathaithai FC to the Lucas Moripe stadium this evening for a crunch Nedbank Cup Round of 16 clash.
The Brazilians will be looking to bounce back from their dramatic DStv Premiership loss against Maritzburg United over the weekend.
Standing in Mamelodi Sundowns’ way this evening will be amateur side from the Free State Province, Mathaithai FC who campaign in the ABC Motsepe League (Third tier).
Mathaithai booked their place in the last 16 after defeating fellow ABC Motsepe League side NC Professionals while the Brazilians eased past Richards Bay FC.
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Mathaithai: Starting lineups
Sundowns XI: Pieterse, De Reuck, Kekana, Lunga, Modiba, Mvala, Mkhulise, Maema, Ralani, Zwane, Kutumela.
Subs: Goss, B Onyango, Maraisane, Jali, Morena, Mkhuma, Vilakazi, Maboe, Erasmus.
Mathaithai XI: Awaiting
We studied Mathaithai – Mokwena
“We’ve tried to profile them from a qualitative perspective, if you look at who they are and where they are in the ABC Motsepe. They played on Sunday and they won 1-0.
“The situation for them is a bit complex in the league, but because of their focus in the cup they have managed to do very well to get to this stage.
“Hopefully the information that we’ve collected comes in handy for us to win the match tomorrow.
“Mamelodi Sundowns played extremely well against Maritzburg, we created a lot of chances and stuck to the game plan.
“We were happy with the personality of the team, we played with a lot of aggression and intensity.”