Mamelodi Sundowns Maritzburg Ben Musaka

Ben Musaka with the Zimbabwe national team before joining Maritzburg United. Image: @onlinezifa/X.

‘I can’t believe I played against Sundowns’ – New PSL star

We love to hear and read about stories like this one. A Maritzburg United star could not believe he was facing Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mamelodi Sundowns Maritzburg Ben Musaka

Ben Musaka with the Zimbabwe national team before joining Maritzburg United. Image: @onlinezifa/X.

Maritzburg United‘s Ben Musaka is making Mamelodi Sundowns fans and all of us smile. Find out how he experienced a match against the DStv Premiership and African Football League champions.


Musaka, 27, joined Maritzburg from Zimbabwe Premier League giants Caps United in January. Three months later he was playing against the mighty Sundowns in a Nedbank Cup last 16 game. Speaking to FARPost since the game, Musaka described the experience as dreamlike.

“My highlight so far this season was playing in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals against Mamelodi Sundowns. It was surreal, taking into consideration that six months ago, I was playing at CAPS United.

“Furthermore, my management team used the January transfer window to secure me a club in South Africa. The League in Zimbabwe ended in November/December.

“Firstly, I had a good two months of not playing competitive football prior to the move to Maritzburg and next thing I’m playing against Sundowns.

“Again, to this day, it doesn’t feel real, but I’m grateful because God’s time is always the best. Our target in the league is simple: to get back to where we belong [DStv Premiership],” he added.


In other Sundowns conversations, Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro has suggested Kabo Yellow are impossible to catch.

The Sea Robbers were viewed as the team to stop Sundowns from winning a seveth straight league title this season. We’re in April and Kabo Yellow are 13 points clear with two games in hand. Orlando Pirates lurk in third position with 15 points behind and three games in hand. Is it all over? Coach Riveiro seems to believe so. The Spaniard has said Rulani Mokwena‘s side, unbeaten in 43 league matches, are a ‘points machine.’

“I think we have only lost one game in 2024 if I’m not wrong,” said Orlando Pirates coach Riveiro via FARPost.

“We played a fantastic game in Pretoria [against Mamelodi Sundowns], we managed to get the [Soweto] derby. I think we lost against Sekhukhune United, and we were not at our best during the first 30 minutes.

“But I think what happened last week is a clear example [that we’re consistent]. We [Orlando Pirates] didn’t get the result we wanted against Moroka Swallows but it was not a 1-1 performance, not even close. I think we played much better against Swallows compared to Arrows. How can you explain that? After a 1-1 and 7-1. The focus for you or people who’re watching is always results.

“We’re not far from [consistency], we are there, we are replicating performances then results are results. We can still talk about consistency until the end of our lives, but it’s not the only thing to talk about.

The Orlando Pirates mentor continued to add: “And when we see above us on top, we’re competing against points-machine [Sundowns], one team that didn’t lose one game in the last 40 or more games. Is that what you call not being consistent? We got 54 points, and usually you win the title in South Africa with 60, right? Probably you know better.

“But again, we’re competing against the point machine; they don’t lose. I don’t know where we’re going to finish this season. I’m not sure if we’re going to pass that number.

“We’re trying. It’s very difficult to get close, but we’re getting there,” Riveiro concluded.

Will Sundowns and Pirates meet again in the Nedbank Cup this season? If so, what is your prediction? Let us know in the comments section below.