MTN 8: Top 5 players to watch in Tshwane Derby between Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United

Mamelodi Sundowns v SuperSport United - August 2019 Dean Furman and Lebohang Maboe
Another Tshwane Derby promises excitement galore, and here are five players to look out for when the two teams collide on Sunday

  1. Bradley Grobler

    #1 Bradley Grobler

    After enduring a 2018/19 season ravaged by injury, Grobler seems to have finally put his fitness woes behind him and is hitting his stride. 

    The 31-year-old is arguably the league's form striker at present having netted four goals in five games so far this season. 

    He has been superb, displaying great versatility as he has been able to play in a number of positions and has formed a devasting partnership with Thamsanqa Gabuza. 

  2. Hlompo Kekana

    #2 Hlompo Kekana

    When it comes to influential players in South Africa, look no further than the veteran midfielder.

    Despite being 34 years of age, Kekana remains one of Sundowns' most important players, and SuperSport need to watch out. 

    What makes Kekana such a marvel to watch is the ability to change gears and roles.

    He is as good of a defensive midfielder as he is going forward and his engine is what makes Sundowns tick.

    Also, his tendency to score audacious long-range goals makes him a real threat. 

  3. Dean Furman

    #3 Dean Furman

    Big games such as the Tshwane Derby need 'big players' and Furman is one of them. 

    A fully-fledged South Africa international and a workaholic in the heart of the park, Furman's ability to break down play is unmatched in the country. 

    While he is not one of the most flamboyant or skilful players within the SuperSport squad, he is one of the most trusted.

    However, against a side of the calibre of Sundowns, who can transition from defence to attack in mere seconds, Furman will have his work cut out. 

  4. Themba Zwane

    #4 Themba Zwane

    Creativity, goals and a hard worker, there is not much the 30-year-old cannot do.

    Having already scored in the MTN8 against Bloemfontein Celtic as well as two goals in the league, Zwane is one of Sundowns' foremost attacking players. 

    The last time these two teams met on the opening day of the league season, Zwane delivered the killer blow and SuperSport will be wary not to allow him too much freedom. 

  5. Ronwen Williams

    #5 Ronwen Williams

    While Sundowns may have won 2-0 earlier in the season against their rivals, one player who stood tall for the most part was SuperSport goalkeeper Williams.

    The 27-year-old has kept three clean sheets already this season and conceded just three goals in all competitions. 

    He will be entrusted to keep out Sundowns' dangerous attack and his shot-stopping ability will be tested.