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Chiefs out for revenge


Kaizer Chiefs will seek revenge for their second round cup defeat when they travel to Loftus Stadium on Sunday afternoon to take on Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership (kickoff 3pm).

The 'Brazilians' broke their cup hoodoo against the 'Amakhosi' in their last 16 cup tie last month, winning on post match penalties after a 1-1 stalemate between the two teams.

For Chiefs it was a bitter pill to swallow; they had dominated the match until the last 10 minutes of regulation time and missed several good scoring chances that would have killed off the Tshwane team.

Instead Sundowns prevailed in the shootout and are now amongst the favourites to go all the way and win the cup title.

However, this league match offers Muhsin Ertugral and his team the chance to put the record straight, and their recent form in the Premiership is very promising.

Amakhosi have claimed three successive wins in the PSL, easily their best run of form in what has been a disappointing season. This past Sunday they were deserved victors over Soweto rivals Moroka Swallows, with Mabhuti Khenyeza, Jonathan Quartey and Thuso Phala all finding the back of the net.

Sundowns, meanwhile, had to travel to Mauritius to wrap up their second round tie against Curepipe Starlight in the CAF Champions League. The 'Brazilians' won 1-0 to seal a 4-0 aggregate victory over the two legs, and they will now face Sudan's Al Hilal with a place in the lucrative group phase of the continental competition up for grabs.

But despite the distraction of competing on three fronts, Sundowns will surely not take their eyes off the ball ahead of a clash with Chiefs, one of their fiercest rivals.

The teams are very evenly matched ? their league game in the first half of the 2007/08 season ended goalless, as did the league cup final (won on penalties by Chiefs) and their last meeting, as mentioned above, came in the cup, where it ended 1-1 after 120 minutes and the 'Brazilians' went on to victory in the shootout.

In head-to-head terms it is Chiefs who have the edge: Amakhosi have won 17 matches to Sundowns' 14 in their 45 league games since 1985, although Chiefs last beat their opponents outright in the first half of the 2005/06 season.

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