'Downs face red-hot 'Matsatsantsa'?
Thursday September 21 2006
Mamelodi Sundowns fans are known for their high expectations. For them it is not enough for a team to win, it has to be done in style - they want superb moves and great goals to cheer.
In the last eight of the prestigious SAA Supa 8, the reigning Castle Premiership champions gave their passionate supporters all that. Their 4-1 victory over Santos in a one-sided game, was an indication of how Sundowns want to continue with their impressive and dominant display. That victory was enough to send a chilling message to other teams this season, that the Brazilians mean business.
Despite stumbling in their two matches opening league matches, Sundowns redeem themselves with two successive victories. They were not impressive but luck, which is one the most important aspects in football, was on their side especially in their victory against a gallant Moroka Swallows.
They come face to face against a red-hot SuperSport United who recently gave promoted Benoni Premier United a 5-0 spanking, in what is billed to be an intriguing SAA Supa 8 semifinal at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
"United owe us big time. They knocked us out in the same stage of the same tournament last term and I they will pay", said Sundowns classy midfielder Surprise Moriri.
"We are on a roll so they will face the best Sundowns spirited team. We have won two games in a row and the spirit is at its best".
It has been a while since United won a match by an avalanche of five goals. The cup specialists are one of the most stubborn team in the league, and as Sundowns will recall, Matsatsantsa A Pitori' were the team that bundled out Orlando Pirates in the last eight stage.
"It is going to be a tough match but we are ready for Sundowns. Our games are always classy and I predict the same offensive game come Saturday", said United veteran midfield linchpin Maimane Phiri.
"We are in a good mood after beating a promoted United side but this is a cup game and anything can happen which means we have to be at our best. Playing against Sundowns is a motivation on its own and we are aware of that".
Surprise Moriri-Sundowns: The heart and soul of the Brazilians. This technically gifted playmaker is a creator, warrior and goalscorer rolled in one. Along with Esrom Nyandoro, Calvin Marlin and classy winger Dillion Sheppard, they hold the key if Sundowns is to advance to the final of the SAA Supa 8 for the first time
Maimane Phiri-United: With his experience and a cultured left foot, Phiri will be a thorn in a Sundowns star studded side. His ability to unlock tight defences with his regular supply of goals must be closely monitored.