SuperSport United Coach Gavin Hunt - Thandani Ntshumayelo May Play Against Sundowns

Coach Gavin Hunt hints that midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo will be back in action when SuperSport United take on Mamelodi Sundowns in the Tshwane Derby at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.
Ntshumayelo has failed to see action since the beginning of the League and his absence has been a concern for United supporters.

Speaking to KickOff.com, Hunt said the reason why the young up and coming star had not been in his line-up over the past few weeks was because some players in his position were doing well and deserved a chance to play ahead of him.

"If he is not playing, then it means other players in his position are doing well. He is working hard at training and I have been happy with his performance, so he should be part of the team to play Sundowns this weekend.

SuperSport are set to come face-to-face with their former players Katlego Mphela and Elies Pelembe at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium, but Hunt says he is not worried about the threat posed by both players.

"All the players at Sundowns pose a threat and we will take care of the whole team and not individuals."

United are still without striker Glen Salmon who is still nursing a knee injury and midfielder Brent Carelse who is serving suspension after picking up a red card in the League game against Bidvest Wits.

Sundowns are one of just two teams – the other being Ajax Cape Town – to have won both of their opening League fixtures.The Brazilians have recorded two successive 2-0 wins: at home to Moroka Swallows and away to Platinum Stars.

SuperSport are placed 11th on the standings after picking up three points from their first two games. The Tshwane side lost 3-0 away to Bidvest Wits but recovered to claim a 2-1 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces in their last outing.

Head-to-head stats show that Derby rivals Sundowns and SuperSport have met 38 times in the League since 1990.

The Brazilians have claimed 18 wins to Matsatsantsa's 11 and outscored their cross-town foes 59 goals to 47.

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