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Tiyani Mabunda wants Mamelodi Sundowns to correct mistakes of the past

11:18 GMT+3 09/02/2018
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Mabunda will be hoping that it is third time lucky for Masandawana as they look to go past the first round of a cup competition this season

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Tiyani Mabunda is looking forward to having a shot at one last piece of silverware this season.

While Masandawana are currently favourites to win the domestic Premier Soccer League (PSL) title as they currently hold a five-point lead over the chasing pack, there is potentially a double on the cards, but first, the Brazilians will need to navigate the tricky waters as they visit National First Division outfit (NFD) Cape Town All Stars on Friday night in their Nedbank Cup Round of 32 clash.

Sundowns have not experienced the best of fortunes in cup competitions in recent times having previously been booted out of the MTN 8 and the Telkom Knockout Cup.

However, this time around, they are desperate to prove that they have learnt from their mistakes and will give their all in search of the lucrative prize.

"It's the last cup competition of the season domestically, but we know that we haven't won anything this season. So, we are looking forward to doing the best we can in the remaining opportunities to get silverware," Mabunda said ahead of Friday's match.

"We were knocked out in the first round in the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout. So, we would like to correct those mistakes and make sure we go to the next round," he added.

Meanwhile, the Nedbank Cup has been known over the years as a giant slaying tournament, and that has already proven true as All Stars fellow compatriots Ubuntu Cape Town recently pulled off a major upset against Polokwane City, while AmaZulu were taken all the way against Mthatha Bucks before eventually advancing on penalties.

This has certainly makes Mabunda wary, and he admits that they are taking nothing for granted.

"We know that they want to prove a point that they can also emulate what other [NFD] teams have done to PSL teams in the Nedbank Cup," Mabunda concluded.