Sundowns lift Legacy Cup
Downs have nothing to prove against Celtic after disallowed goal
MAMELODI Sundowns midfield ace Themba Zwane doesn’t feel they have a point to prove against Bloemfontein Celtic in the first round of the Telkom Knockout.
The Brazilians will face Celtic at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.
Sundowns were undone by the referee’s decision two weeks back against Celtic in an Absa Premiership tussle at Dr Molemela Stadium.
Zwane, who was adjudged to be in an offside position – though not interfering with play – against Celtic, wants his side to go all the way and capture the TKO.
“It is not about proving a point. We want to win the game,” Zwane explained.
“We all know the goal which was deemed to be offside was a clear goal. The fact we are playing them again, we need to win. If you check, we haven’t won games in a row. That’s something we want to develop now.”
Sundowns missed out in the MTN8 as they were dumped out of the competition by eventual champions Cape Town City, in the semifinals.
“Each and every cup is very important for us. We will try and push to win the Telkom Knockout. We will work hard to win the cup,” Zwane said.
Sundowns lifted the Telkom in 2015 by beating Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 in the final in Durban.
“We have quality players in the squad to compete on all fronts. We need to compete. We will win some of the cups this season,” Zwane said with confidence.
In addition to the PSL and Telkom, Sundowns will begin their Caf Champions League journey in December.
“We have a big squad. We are slowly but surely getting there. Everything is coming alright. We need to gain momentum and win games consistently,” Zwane, who has missed a few matches because of a toe injury, said.
“Injuries have hampered my progress. I’ve missed a number of games for Bafana Bafana and Sundowns. I’m back now and fully recovered. I’m ready to rediscover my form.”
Sundowns have struggled to find consistency this season in the league after the departure of Percy Tau and Khama Billiat.
“It is still too early to talk about the league. Even all the cups remaining, we will try and push to win them.
“We are having a slow start but we will pick up. We have good quality,” Zwane concluded. FIRST ROUND FIXTURES
3.30pm, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium: Baroka FC v Golden Arrows; 3.30pm, Goble Park: Free State Stars v Wits; 6pm, Lucas Moripe Stadium: Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic; 8.15pm, Harry Gwala Stadium: Maritzburg United v Highlands Park; 8.15pm, Orlando Stadium: Orlando Pirates v Chippa United Amazulu (0) 1
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MAMELODI Sundowns won the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Legacy Cup yesterday in Ulundi.
Usuthu rested Moeneeb Josephs, Bongi Ntuli, Emiliano Tade, Mbongeni Gumede and Thembela Sikhakhane in place of Michael Morton, Mhlengi Cele, Siduduzo Dlamini and Siyabonga Nomvethe.
The Brazilians were without coach Pitso Mosimane who is in Morocco completing his Caf Pro Licence course.
Manqoba Mngqithi took over the reins and opted for a line-up including Jeremy Brockie, Themba Zwane, Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali and Wayne Arendse.
Lyle Lakay broke the deadlock 16 minutes into the match with a free kick which deflected off defender Sibusiso Mabiliso.
The 40 year old Nomvethe levelled from the spot after he was brought down by Arendse in the box two minutes into the second half.
Augustine Ramphele should have put Usuthu in the lead but the post came to the rescue for Sundowns.
Lack of concentration at the back allowed Brockie to get into space and he sold a dummy to Phumlani Gumede and set up Zwane who put Sundowns back in the lead.