Supa8 semis date puts heat on Sundowns

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The Brazilians are scheduled to travel to Cameroon on the weekend of August 31-September 2 for their return Caf Confederations Cup game against Astres de Douala; that gives them two days from the dates set aside for the Supa8 matches which are scheduled to be played on August 28-29.

Sundowns’ manager, Harris Cheue, speaking to Kick Off after the draw was conducted, did not comment on the dilemma his club was facing, saying only that his team will only start thinking about their game against Jomo Cosmos after their League game against Moroka Swallows at Germiston Stadium on Sunday.

“We are taking each game at a time and will only focus on the match against Cosmos after our weekend game against Swallows.”

“We will compete in the tournament and, like any other team, are looking forward to winning the Cup.

Jomo Cosmos’ assistant coach Collen Tlemo was unfazed about the prospect of facing the team of the moment, Sundowns in the semifinal.

“To be the best, you have to beat the best. We are ready for the challenge; first the semifinal and then the final.”

Tlemo added that he was hoping that both their international signings, Dipsy Selolwane and Geoffrey Massa, would have their work permits sorted out before the match against the Brazilians.

Orlando Pirates’ PRO Mickey Modisane believes that his team will qualify for this year’s final despite Supersport United’s pedigree in Cup competitions.

“It’s not going to be easy, but I can tell you that we are very hungry for this Cup. Supersport has a good record in knockout tournaments, but this time they will be faced with a mountain to climb.”

Supersport’s two-goal hero in quarterfinal game against Moroka Swallows, Daine Klate, says they are not afraid of any team in the tournament.

“We are ready and the atmosphere in the match against Bucs will be great. The first goal I scored against Swallows was a lucky one, but the second was the result of good work by Katlego Mphela. It was what we had been working on at training and hopefully I can score again against Pirates.”