All Stars take on heavyweights Sundowns

All Stars take on heavyweights Sundowns
Jeremy Brockie of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Teenage Hadebe of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 27 January 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Feb 09, 2018. 09:00

Cape Town All Stars will take on the challenge of facing Mamelodi Sundowns in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup, with the clash set for Athlone Stadium on 9 February 2018, kick-off at 20h00.

Stars come into the match having been held to a goalless stalemate in their National First Division clash away to Richards Bay this past weekend. The Cape Town side is unbeaten in its last eight matches - starting with the preliminary round win over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila back in December last year - but six of those games have ended in draws.

Igugu Lekapa will be making their fourth appearance in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup. Last year they were eliminated at this same stage by Bidvest Wits, who won 2-0 in Cape Town.

Sundowns come into the match having taken a major stride toward winning the Absa Premiership title by defeating rivals Cape Town City 1-0 away from home this past weekend. However, the Tshwane side will be looking to avoid a third-successive first-round domestic cup exit this season, having fallen at the first hurdles in both the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout.

The Brazilians are four-time winners of the Nedbank Cup (1986, 1998, 2008, 2015), while in last year’s edition of the competition they were eliminated in the last 16 round after being upset 1-0 at home by Golden Arrows.

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