Thursday, 15 April 2021 09:46

Staff Reporter.

Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates resume their bid for Nedbank Cup glory when they clash in a quarter-final match at Loftus Versfeld this evening.

Kick-off is at 6:00 pm CAT.

Sundowns comes into this match with confidence after setting a new unbeaten record of 20 matches in the league with a 2-1 victory over Chippa United on Monday.

The reigning Nedbank Cup champions, reached the quarterfinals after thumping GladAfrica Championship side Polokwane City 4-0 in the round of 16 on 10 March.

The winner between Sundowns and Pirates will then host Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in a semifinal clash of the South African FA Cup on 18 April.

Rhulani Mokwena, the Sundowns co-coach, has lauded Pirates as a team with good speed and mobility, having worked for the Soweto giants between 2017 and 2019.

"Pirates are strong opponents with very good players and players that offer good weapons," Mokwena said.

"When you profile opponents you do some form of individual profiling and, of course, you see the characteristics of the side. They have very good speed and mobility, particularly in the attack.

"They can play a certain way‚ particularly in the Confederation Cup where they have been dominant on the ball both home and away‚ and I have seen a huge improvement in their possession statistics."

Meanwhile, Pirates bounced back to winning ways when they secured a 3-0 win over Libyan club Al Ahli Benghazi in the Caf Confederation Cup match on Sunday.

Pirates booked their place in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals after claiming a 3-1 victory over Maritzburg United in the Round of 16 match on 27 February.

Josef Zinnbauer, the Pirates head coach, says Sundowns are the favourites, but he indicated that they have nothing to lose when they face their Gauteng rivals.

"We’ve nothing to lose, as Sundowns are the favourites on this sport," Zinnbauer said.

"In the meanwhile, Sundowns have one of the best staff within the league and are additionally among the finest sides within the Champions League.

"So will probably be good for me as a coach to see the response of the gamers to going through a top-quality facet reminiscent of Sundowns."

Both teams have hopes of finishing the season with a treble when factoring in their participation in Caf inter-club competitions.