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Mamelodi Sundowns v Cape Town City: Kick off, TV channel, live score, squad news & preview

4:17 pm AEST 2/9/18
Pitso Mosimane of Mamelodi Sundowns August 2018
Masandawana will look to overturn a deficit when they lock horns with the Citizens in the second leg of their MTN8 semi-final

Mamelodi Sundowns will look to stage a comeback when they come face to face with Cape Town City in the second leg of the MTN8.

With a final berth on the line, both Sundowns and the Citizens will be eager to book their place alongside SuperSport United in a clash that promises fireworks.

Just a slender one goal advantage separates the two sides meaning that while City are in pole position, the tie is still anyone’s game.

However, Sundowns have been experiencing a goal drought of late which has extended to four games after Sundowns were bustled out of the Caf Champions League in midweek. 

Now, with the ‘African dream’ over for another season, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane will turn his attention to the MTN8 clash as he looks to win the competition for the first time at the helm of the Tshwane giants.

Meanwhile, Benni McCarthy’s men are determined to have another crack at the trophy they narrowly missed out on last season, and if they do progress, they will create a repeat of last season’s thrilling final.

Game Mamelodi Sundowns v Cape Town City 
Date Sunday, September 1 
Time 3:00pm SA Time

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch


In South Africa, the game will be shown live on SuperSport 4 and SABC 1. You can also catch live updates on Goal.com .

Live Match Centre TV Channel
Goal.com SS4 & SABC 1

Squads & Team News


 


Position Missing players
Defenders Ricardo Nascimento (suspended) 

With African football out of the way, Mosimane is likely to bring in many of his senior players for the return leg in Tshwane.

In Cape Town, the 54-year-old rested many of his star players. Players such as Hlompho Kekana, Tiyani Mabunda and Gaston Sirino are all expected to make their return which could make City’s task rather daunting.

Nonetheless, it also remains to be seen whether or not new signing Phakamani Mahlambi will be up for selection.

The 20-year-old completed his move to Chloorkop on Friday from Egypt giants Al Ahly, but with the likes of Lebohang Maboe and Toni Silva at the coach’s disposal, Mahlambi may need to wait his chance.

City too made changes to personnel with Tokelo Rantie reuniting with McCarthy on deadline day. The Mother City-based outfit have managed just two goals thus far in the tournament with both coming courtesy of defenders.

The introduction of Rantie will be expected to breathe new life into the City attack which also consists of Siphelele Mthembu and Matthew Rusike.

Although, Rantie may have been brought in to help with goals, due to the fact that he was a free agent, he may still need to catch up on his fitness before he can be influential in an exciting City squad.

Moreover, one player that City will be crossing fingers to have back is Roland Putsche. The Austrian midfielder recently picked up an injury in the 2-2 draw with Free State Stars following a tackle which had the City coach livid even taking to social media to express his disappointment. 

Putsche has reportedly avoided any damage but will be in a race against time to be fit for the clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.


Match Preview


After brushing aside Sundowns in the first leg, City will be determined to keep their dominance going.

The club may still be novices considering their short history but have proven to be Sundowns' bogey side since their inception.

City have won four of their previous six meetings in all competitions and would perhaps favour their chances on Sunday considering Sundowns’ recent form.

The 2017/18 Premier Soccer league (PSL) champions have won just one of their last five games in all competitions, which is a worrying statistic.

This is certainly contrasting to City’s fortunes where they have only lost one of their last five games in all competitions. But City will be wary that they have not been the best of travellers as they have only won one of their last six games on the road, conceding seven goals.

Nevertheless, with so much at stake, the clash promises to be an exciting affair that could go in any direction.