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Starting XI: Maritzburg v Sundowns

Nedbank Cup Starting XI: Maritzburg United v Mamelodi Sundowns, 22 April 2018

By Soccer Laduma - Apr 22, 2018 02:05 PM

Nedbank Cup

Semi-finals

Teams: Maritzburg United v Mamelodi Sundowns

Date: 17 April 2018

Venue: Harry Gwala stadium

Maritzburg United will look to cause an upset when they host Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals at the Harry Gwala stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The match is schedule to get underway at 15h00.

Maritzburg have earned their place in the final four thanks to victories over Swallows FC (3-1 after extra time), Royal Eagles (2-1) and Bloemfontein Celtic (1-0) in the last 32, last 16 and quarterfinal respectively. Andrea Fileccia (two), Mxolisi Kunene, Deolin Mekoa, Siyanda Xulu and Lebohang Maboe have scored the goals in their campaign.

The Team of Choice, meanwhile, have never won the Nedbank Cup, nor reached the final. In appearing in this year’s semi-final they have equalled their best performance in the competition, having last cracked the final four in 2014 when they were beaten by Orlando Pirates.

Sundowns advanced to the semi-finals with wins over Cape Town All Stars (1-0), EC Bees (2-1) and Cape Town City (2-1) in the last 32, last 16 and quarter-final respectively. Percy Tau, Hlompho Kekana (both two apiece) and Thapelo Morena have netted goals for the Tshwane side thus far in the competition.

The Brazilians are returning to the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup for the first time since they last won the competition in 2015. They have claimed the trophy four times overall, adding 1986, 1998 and 2008 to their triumph three years ago.

Maritzburg come into the match having claimed a 2-0 triumph away to Baroka FC in a league match last weekend – it was a seventh win from their last 10 matches across all competitions, underlining their strong form in 2018.

Sundowns, meanwhile, beat Golden Arrows 1-0 on Tuesday night to take a major step toward claiming the league title. The Tshwane side have won eight games on the bounce across all competitions and extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches overall.

Maritzburg and Sundowns have met in four previous cup matches: each side has claimed two wins against the other. Their most recent knockout game was in the quarterfinals of the MTN8 early this season, with United claiming a surprise 1-0 away win thanks to a goal from Evans Rusike

Here is how they line up.

Maritzburg: 31 Ofori, 23 De Reuck, 16 Fransman, , 25 Xulu, 3 Sanoka, 11 Makaringe, 15 Maboe, 28 Mekoa, 26 Shandu, 8 Ndlovu, 9 Fileccia.

Subs: 1 Mpandle, 22 Mokate, 14 Matima, 36 Kunene, 10 Atouba, 12 Van Wyk, 6 Thlone.

Sundowns: 14 Onyango, 4 Langerman, 6 Arendse, 16 Nascimento, 20 Ngcongca, 13 Mabunda, 11 Vilakazi, 7 Manyisa, 26 Sirino, 18 Zwane, 22 Tau.

Subs: 31 Brimah, 32 Madisha, 27 Morena, 38 Zulu, 19 Brockie, 19 Brockie, 28 Laffor, 35 Makgalwa.


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belo Joined: 24 Apr 2018
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belo Apr 24, 2018 01:03 PM
Sundown's players were completely bullied physically by the Maritzburg young boys such that they seemed even afraid at some point. They can beat us with pace & skill yes, but not physically. This chaps are young and inexperienced but they got the better out of us. The Wednesday league game will be the same if Sundown's continue with their cheese boy mentality.
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Sbunusempuku Apr 23, 2018 02:00 PM
Manyisa shouldn't have left Pirates in the 1st place
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chiccovaro Apr 23, 2018 01:20 PM
Downs has all the spices ur Chill's ur barbeque downs is like national team BT Mr big fish still fail how can u fail with so much qualities means he's useless khosi by birth
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chiccovaro Apr 23, 2018 01:17 PM
Pitso pitso what the guy is just clue less useless with all quality players bt he still fails manqoba should take over or I'll even Steve can win cup with downs
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Mr Correct Apr 23, 2018 12:18 PM
You have 30 star players but always field same 11 which look exhausted, why buy all those players kanti vele?
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Schakos Apr 23, 2018 12:13 PM
Everytime we lose referees are to blame
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Schakos Apr 23, 2018 11:55 AM
@wash & wear Thank you for wishing me a goodnite last night ,i hope you also had a great one except for chest pains...
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bucshooligan 1 Apr 23, 2018 11:15 AM
What a lovely Monday
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setlaboswana Apr 23, 2018 10:59 AM
@LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani, yes, my point is that if referees are able to extend their hand to Katsande, why not the other players?
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mareres0607 Apr 23, 2018 10:01 AM
Sir Pitso Mosimane has spoken , we were not serious with nedbank , we want the two big fish , League and Star
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Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje Apr 23, 2018 09:59 AM
I am tired of laughing now and mourning the stadium destruction I am now interested in the news that who will be coaching Chiefs tomorrow. I hope Chiefs brings Ace Khuse and Ryder Mofokeng.
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Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje Apr 23, 2018 09:56 AM
@So-Mathabo-KBY fortunately Motaung has played soccer and he can coach better than Motsepe who only knows Morabaraba and Chess.
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Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje Apr 23, 2018 09:54 AM
@Gold Of Naturena even those who were laughing lauder then others today are hiding, Mama give us the signal as to where to find them and bring them back to this site.
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45calibre Apr 23, 2018 09:41 AM
marizbug is alway a party spoiler, believe me you,marizbug will wallop you again with a long 1-0
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Gold Of Naturena Apr 23, 2018 09:26 AM
Mama even those Sandowns fans who where laughing at Chiefs more louder than FSS fans are here with us,plz mama give us a signal how to laugh at them!!!
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mosekaphofu maggosim Apr 23, 2018 09:00 AM
@MissB was warnt that Marizburg is no push over team
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Apr 23, 2018 08:55 AM
@setlaboswana as for Katsande hey the officials were too soft on him as he has his own way to deal with them. Tsotsi ya leziM.
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Mashia1950 Apr 23, 2018 08:53 AM
I like these team of Marizburg, the play as a team.
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dellah Apr 23, 2018 08:49 AM
@faysal it's good in deed but de difference is that zebbies will b charged for misconduct
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So-Mathabo-KBY Apr 23, 2018 08:48 AM
@setlaboswana Motaung Snr will take over for the 3 remaining matches and then Duncan Lechesa and his technical team of Junior Khanye, Thabiso Malatjie, Derrick Spencer and David Obua will be unveiled before the new season

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