Pitso Mosimane will hope the Brazilian's poor form is put to bed when they host Golden Arrows in the Nedbank Cup on Friday night
Langerman, Mwanjali, Schut, Nyandoro
Domingues, Zwane, Mabaso
Laffor, Mphela, Mushekwi
Tom, Krjauklis, Musonda, Zwane
Bilankulu, Hadebe, Zothwane, Mapolisa
Mor Diouf's wonder goal saw off an unlucky Sundowns side in their last league outing, which subjected Pitso Mosimane to only his second defeat as coach this season.
Once again cup football could prove to be the Brazilian's perfect tonic, as Mosimane's side is backed up by an outstanding record in the Nedbank Cup after reaching the final three times in the last six years.
Golden Arrows will need to improve drastically in order to overcome Sundowns, with their last league outing ending in a 2-1 loss against strugglers Black Leopards. However, they will welcome back Norman Smith from a calf injury, which should boost their attacking ability.
Coach Manqoba Mngqithi is hoping for an open game against Sundowns and believes that Mosimane has changed his coaching style since taking over at Chloorkop.
“I would be happy to finish the game within the 90 minutes but knowing Sundowns and Pitso (Mosimane), it’s not going to be an easy game because they can change their approach,” said Mngqithi.
“The Pitso that I know from the past at SuperSport is not the same Pitso that I see at Sundowns now.
“The one at SuperSport was defensive and it was difficult to crack him, but the one at Sundowns is a bit arrogant in terms of play; he believes that they should attack opponents more.
“I would be happy with the new Pitso because this one will give us an open game.”
Sundowns edged past Ajax Cape Town in extra-time to set up the tie against Arrows, who defeated lower league side Vardos FC 4-0 in the round of 32.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Mamelodi Sundowns may have reached three Nedbank finals, but have only taken the title on one occasion in 2008.
- Golden Arrows sit on the same points as Sundowns in the PSL standings with both sides notching up 23 points so far this season.
- Arrows has not enjoyed a good season in terms of cup competitions, after bowing out of the Telkom Knockout in the first round last year.
- Norman Smith is Arrow's leading goal scorer this season with 5 goals to his name.