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Sundowns Set Sights On Nedbank Cup Glory

  • May 10, 2024
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Sundowns Set Sights On Nedbank Cup Glory

Mamelodi Sundowns ambassador Tiyani Mabunda reveals the club’s unwavering focus on claiming the Nedbank Cup later this month, following their dominant DStv Premiership title win.

Sundowns secured their seventh consecutive league title with six games remaining after convincingly defeating Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Thursday. They continued their winning ways, overcoming a determined Stellenbosch side in the Nedbank Cup semi-final at Danie Craven Stadium last Sunday.

Their next challenge is the Nedbank Cup final against Orlando Pirates at Mbombela Stadium on 1 June. This “mother of all matches” pits South Africa’s two PSL giants who have the CAF Champions League stars on their badges. Adding to their DStv Premiership triumph, the African giants Sundowns also secured the inaugural African Football League title in November.

“The joy of winning the league was short-lived,” Mabunda told Sportswire. “At Sundowns, we’re constantly striving to achieve greatness. It’s our responsibility to keep the Yellow Nation happy.”

“I’m proud of the boys’ performance this season. We’re looking forward to finishing strong. Now, the focus shifts to the Nedbank Cup final. It’s our responsibility to secure another trophy.”

The Nedbank Cup, with tickets confirmed to be on sale for R100 by the PSL on Thursday, will be a rematch of the MTN8 final between the two sides, where Pirates emerged victorious on penalties.

Mabunda, who boasts a trophy cabinet overflowing with six league titles, a Champions League medal, a CAF Super Cup, a Nedbank Cup, and a Carling Knockout trophy earned over nine seasons with the club, admits that missing out on the Champions League final still stings. Sundowns were defeated by ES Esperance 2-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals.

“We all hoped to go further this season, unlike last year’s semi-final exit. Unfortunately, it happened again,” Mabunda said. “While reaching the final was a goal, it’s another learning experience. We’ll come back stronger and try again next season.”

Mabunda, who once formed a formidable partnership with fellow club ambassador Hlompho Kekana, emphasizes the club’s burning desire to replicate their 2016 Champions League triumph.

“It’s not desperation, but a strong desire,” Mabunda clarified. “We always strive to write our own story. At Mamelodi Sundowns, we’re not desperate for the Champions League, but we’re definitely working hard to win it.”

Picture courtesy of Mamelodi Sundowns

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