Sundowns to focus on winning Nedbank Cup

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The Zimbabwe international says qualifying for the quarterfinals of money-spinning cup competition presents the Chloorkop outfit with a chance to salvage their pride, and subsequently add another trophy to their cabinet.

The hardworking player inspired a 10-man Sundowns to a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over ‘cup specialists’ Kaizer Chiefs in a thrilling, incident-filled Last 16 encounter played in Durban.

“Qualifying for the second round at the expense of Chiefs has enhanced our chances in that regard. Personally, it would be nice to win the cup and collect another winners’ medal,” Nyandoro says.

The midfielder scored one of the penalties as the Brazilians broke their cup hoodoo against Chiefs.

Although be believes his club stands a good chance of lifting the cup, Nyandoro disagrees with the notion that the expensively assembled Pretoria club is outright favourites to win it.

“A number for clubs both in the premiership and the lower divisions are looking good,” says the midfielder adding that the team should show opponents respect lest they crash out like their other Premiership counterparts have done.

“We should not underestimate the teams from the lower divisions as they have proved their capabilities in the tournament. Also, we are taking one game at a time in our resolve to win the competition.”

Sundowns, champions in the last two editions of the Premier League experiencing their most disappointing run of form in recent season, a development that saw the reigning champions fire record championship winning coach Gordon Igesund.

The Brazilians are in a wallowing in the lower echelons of the log, sitting in 11th place and 15 points off log leaders Supersport United.

Meanwhile, the Tshwane derby between Supersport United and Mamelodi Sundowns which was scheduled for April 26 at Atteridgeville Super Stadium, has now been brought back on April 23 at the same venue.

PSL COO Ronnie Schloss said the change of fixture has been necessitated by Sundowns’ involvement in Caf African Champions League which dates fall on the weekend of April 26 and 27.

“Both parties have agreed on the new date of the fixture and the game will now kickoff at 19h30,” Schloss added.