Teams: Mamelodi Sundowns v EC Bees FC
Date: 13 March 2018
Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium
EC Bees FC have a mammoth task ahead of them as they try to overcome Mamelodi Sundowns in a Nedbank Cup last-16 match at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Tuesday night.
The match is scheduled to get underway at 19h30.
Sundowns booked their place in this stage of the competition with a narrow 1-0 away win over National First Division side Cape Town All Stars on February 9, with striker Percy Tau scoring the only goal.
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.
Sundowns come into the game after playing to a goalless draw away to Rayon Sport in a CAF Champions League midweek clash on March 7. The Tshwane side are unbeaten in their last eight matches across all competitions.
EC Bees, a team from the Eastern Cape stream of the ABC Motsepe League, defeated Mariveni United 3-1 away from home in the previous round. Themba Dlamini opened the scoring before Sipho Mtule netted a brace.
The third-tier team have set a new club record by reaching the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup - their two previous appearances in 2016 and 2017 ended in the last 32 round after defeats at the hands of Magesi FC and Orlando Pirates respectively.
Here is how they line up.
Sundowns: 1. Mweene, 38. Zulu, 20. Ngcongca, 6. Arendse, 32. Madisha, 17. Lebese, 28. Laffor, 8. Kekana, 19. Brockie, 18. Zwane, 37. Sekotlong.
Subs: 31. Brimah, 26. Sirino, 25. Ngoma, 15. Mohomi, 4. Langerman, 35. Makgalwa, 27. Morena.
Bees: 32. Mini, 30. Zondeka, 5. Bisha, 21. Mhlakaza, 3. Gawe, 15. BDlamini, 22. Tshange, 20. Motshabasi, 10. Mtuli, 7. Vandala, 29. Chikile.
Subs: 16. Kanana, 2. Maqokole, 6. S Dlamini, 9. Moeti, 12. Ncomani, 19. Mtingiso.