Sundowns look for another step toward quadruple

Sundowns look for another step toward quadruple
Manqoba Mnqgithi, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2022 Nedbank Cup Mamelodi Sundowns Press Conference at the Chloorkop, Chloorkop on the 07 April 2022 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Apr 08, 2022. 16:00

Mamelodi Sundowns will look to take another step toward a quadruple of trophies in the 2021-22 season when they face Summerfield Dynamos in the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup.

The teams will meet at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane on Saturday 9 April 2022, kick-off at 18h00 CAT.

With the MTN8 safely in the bag, a fifth successive league title looking highly likely, and a place in the CAF Champions League quarterfinals already on Sundowns’ list of achievements for the season, a further step towards Nedbank Cup glory will be expected from the Tshwane club.

They have already seen off lower league opponents Richards Bay (4-0) and Mathaithai (6-0) thus far in the domestic cup, and come into the clash on a five-game winning streak across all competitions. In midweek they racked up a 4-2 away win over Swallows in the league, with Peter Shalulile scoring a hat-trick.

Co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi is optimistic of a four-trophy haul this term, but is urging players to remain focused on each task as it arises.

“When we start every competition we’ve got a desire to win. There’s no competition that we get into just for the sake of taking part,” Mngqithi said. “But when you start to focus on everything, you end up not getting anything.

“So it’s very important for us to focus on the small milestones that we can always achieve by making sure we concentrate on every next match and make sure we deliver that match.

“When we started this year we said we have 27 cup finals to play because we were left with 27 games if we were to go to the final of the Nedbank Cup, go to the final of the Champions League and all the matches that still left in the league.

“That number is going down slowly but surely, and that is promising for the boys. We just have to stay more focused and not get carried away too quickly.”

Summerfield Dynamos, meanwhile, will be the very definition of plucky underdogs for this clash. The ABC Motsepe (third-tier) club from KwaZulu-Natal have already overachieved by defeating Uthongathi FC and Black Eagles (both 1-0) in the previous two rounds of the Nedbank Cup.

Facing a ‘Goliath’ in the shape of Sundowns, they have a free hit in trying to spring what would surely be the greatest upset in South African cup football history.

“Very happy for the club, for our chairman who has put so much into this team, him and his family,” said coach Clinton Larsen.

“And also, the players have worked hard in the league winning the KwaZulu-Natal Championship [last year] and now going to the quarterfinal. I think it is history that the club has made.

“It is a fairytale for everybody involved at the club and we just hope that we can go to the semifinals and once again represent the ABC Motsepe League and also our province with pride.”

In head-to-head stats, this will be the first competitive meeting of Mamelodi Sundowns and Summerfield Dynamos.

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