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Mamelodi Sundowns team vs Chippa United at Loftus Versveld. Image: BackpagePix.

Sundowns champions league quarter-final opponents named

DStv Premiership big boys Mamelodi Sundowns are targeting CAF Champions League glory again. Here’s the quarter-final draw.

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Mamelodi Sundowns team vs Chippa United at Loftus Versveld. Image: BackpagePix.

Can Mamelodi Sundowns finally grab the second star? The CAF Champions League quarter-final draw is done.


Rulani Mokwena’s side cruised through the group stages. Kabo Yellow finished with the highest points in the tournament; 13 points points from six matches.

Sundowns lost one game and drew one while winning four fixtures. The group included DR Congo giants TP Mazembe, Maurutania’s FC Nouadhibou and rising Egyptian club Pyramids FC.

Kabo Yellow’s rivals, Wydad Casablanca, failed to make the knockouts. They finished third behind Ivory Coast’s resurgent ASEC Mimosas and Tanzanian giants Simba SC.

The draw for the final eight was held in Cairo, Egypt, on Tuesday afternoon. Sundowns will take on Tanzanian giants Young Africans. The first game will be away in East Africa.

Simba will be home to Al Ahly, Mazembe will host Angolan powerhouse Petro de Luanda, while Tunisian supremos Esperance will be home to Mimosas.


Meanwhile, Sundowns have some PSL business to take care of.

 It is the Tshwane derby against SuperSport United. The game will be at the Lucas Moripe Stadium tonight at 19:30.

With Sundowns enjoying 41 matches unbeaten in the league, SuperSport are the last team that beat Rulani Mokwena’s team.

The date was Friday, 2 September 2022. Thapelo Maseko opened the scoring after nine minutes. Bradley Grobler made it 2-0 on 45 minutes. Sundowns’ consolation came from Abubeker Nasir on 90 minutes.

Fortunately for SuperSport, Maseko is out injured this time. Sundowns will also be missing the likes of Khuliso Mudau and Mothobi Mvala.

A few Kabo Yellow players will be facing their former team in SuperSport: Ronwen Williams, Ricardo Goss, Aubrey Modiba, Teboho Mokoena, Grant Kekana and Sipho Mbule.

In the build-up to the game, Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena said the Tshwane derby does not measure to the Soweto version.

Mokwena said the history is missing, but the rivalry between SuperSport and Sundowns can’t be questioned.

“It’s difficult to compare the derbies because the Soweto derby has a lot of history, while the Tshwane derby doesn’t have much history,” Mokwena said, as quoted by TimesLIVE.

“I think in terms of emotions, the rivalry is there. It’s a rivalry, that’s why it’s called the derby. And over the years, both teams have been extremely successful, especially in the present history.

“There are a lot of trophies that are shared between SuperSport and Sundowns both in the league and cups. So, the prestige is there. But it’s difficult to compare because the other one [Soweto derby] has the emotions and historical background.

“The other one is emotions from the recent success of both teams. You go to a space where you compare the Milan derby, for example [AC Milan and Inter Milan], with a game between Roma and Lazio [Rome derby], it’s completely different.

“Of course, a derby is a derby … everyone wants to dominate and have the bragging rights of a city,” the Sundowns tactician concluded.

Kick-off is 19:30 from the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

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