Pirates seek Diski Challenge redemption
9/14/2018 2:27:54 PM

This Sunday promises to provide some blockbuster fixtures in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) as winners from match-day one Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu square off, while losers Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows will be meeting with the hope of bouncing back from last weekend's disappointments.

MAMELODI SUNDOWNS V AMAZULU (TUT STADIUM, 12PM)

Mamelodi Sundowns' reserve team will be hoping to continue with their winning momentum when they welcome AmaZulu FC at TUT Stadium ahead of the MultiChoice Diski Challenge clash at 12pm, this Sunday.

After enduring three winless openers in the past three seasons, Sundowns had a change of fortune last weekend at Mpumalanga Stadium in Hammersdale as they hammered Maritzburg United 3-0.This was the perfect start for the Brazilians as they are looking to claim back the MDC championship after being dethroned by Golden Arrows last campaign.

The failure in their title defence was due to the injury woes of key players, hence they lost all of their first four matches last campaign. Although they tried to catch up with the rest of their counterparts later in the season, it was too little, too late. However, they showed that they are still a force to be reckoned with as they reached the final of the inaugural Diski Shield, where they were unfortunately humiliated by Kaizer Chiefs.

In ensuring that they challenge for everything that’s on offer this season, coach David Notoane has assembled a relatively new and strong squad that includes Tristan Moses and Muhammad Carrim, who were signed from Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits respectively. They have also been bolstered by the return of trickster Khayelihle Shozi from his loan spell at NFD outfit Richards Bay.

Meanwhile, AmaZulu FC won’t be pushovers, especially after causing the biggest upset of the previous weekend by beating Orlando Pirates by 3 -1, which was their first triumph over the Bucs in their last three meetings. That victory was inspired by former Pirates man Charlie Hlalele, who haunted his former side with skill, pace and trickery up front.

Also, the resilience of striker Somila Ntsundwana, who’s already got a few senior caps under his belt this season, came to the party, thus winning two penalties for Usuthu. At the back, they are also solid as captain Sibusiso Maluleke is gradually maturing with the aim of catching the eye of the senior team selectors.

ORLANDO PIRATES V GOLDEN ARROWS (ORLANDO STADIUM, 12PM)

Pirates and Arrows, will be hoping to make up for lost time after losing their openers to Amazulu and Kaizer Chiefs respectively. These two teams come into this crunchy encounter with two different motives: the Bucs are looking to revive their chances of challenging for the elusive MDC crown, while Abafana Bes’thende will be looking to get their Diski Challenge title defence back on track.