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CAN SUNDOWNS END A 13-YEAR MTN 8 CUP DROUGHT?

Thamsanqa Mkhize of Cape Town City FC challenged by Lyle Lakay of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2018 MTN 8 Semifinal first leg football match between Cape Town City FC and Mamelodi Sundowns at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 25 August 2018 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

The last decade has seen Mamelodi Sundowns being the PSL’s most successful club having lifted 12 trophies since 2013.

However, one trophy that has eluded them since 2007 is the MTN 8 trophy. The closest they have come since then is losing the 2016 final to Bidvest Wits.

Downs will be up against Cape Town City who will be looking for their second MTN 8 title having beaten SuperSport United in the 2018 final.

Inconsistent City

The Cape Town-based club is inconsistent at the moment as at times they struggle to score yet at other times become clinical.

Eric Tinkler’s men have not won back-to-back games in their last 16 matches in all competitions.

Downs’ Defense

Sundowns’ center back Rushine De Reuck is in the form of his life and sweeps everything at the back. He communicates well with partner Mosa Lebusa and, as a result, Downs haven’t conceded a goal in their first seven league matches this season.

Their full-backs Thapelo Morena and Lyle Lakay are the main weapons in attack but the space they leave behind when overlapping is always covered.

Players to look out for

CT City:

Mduduzi Mdantsane – He has been in form since last season, being the main man in City’s attack. Bear in mind he isn’t a striker but has scored four goals in all competitions this season.

Fagrie Lakay – Despite returning from injury, the 24-year-old is one of the key players at the club. He’s aggressive when attacking and has scored two goals in his last four games.

Bradley Ralani – Known for his dribbling skills, faultless technique, and quick moves. He may not be in form now but class is permanent.

Downs:

Themba Zwane – A nightmare who is difficult to deal with. He’s skillful and steady, hence not easy to mark as he runs everywhere utilizing pockets he finds. “Mshishi” is a heart pump machine for Downs, he makes the team move.

Peter Shalulile – With a lot of creativity behind him, Downs’ midfield make it easy for Shalulile to finish the job. A goal poacher who has been consistent for a long time and has scored eight goals in all competitions this season.

Andile Jali – Wondering why Masandawana’s midfield is so solid? He’s the foremost man that protects the defense, maintains the midfield play while linking with the attack.

The Road To Final

CT City:

QF – Amazulu 1-2 CT City

SM – CT City 0-0 Swallows (1st leg)

Swallows 0-4 CT City (2nd leg)

Downs:

QF – Downs 2-2 Chiefs (Downs won 2-1 on penalties)

SM – Arrows 1-1 Downs (1st leg)

Downs 3-0 Arrows (2nd leg)

Absentees/Doubtful:

Lebohang Maboe – Downs (Injured)

Gaston Sirino – Downs (Doubtful)

Mothobi Mvala – Downs (Doubtful)

Match details:

When – Saturday, 30/10/2021

Where – Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

Kick-Off -18:00

The Brazilians are the favorites to lift the trophy considering their balanced team and top form.

Sinethemba Sithole’s prediction:

Cape Town City 0-2 Mamelodi Sundowns

Written by Sinethemba

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