Sundowns, Black Aces to square off in Nedbank Cup

The two teams meet for the second time in a week looking to book a spot in the semifinals.

FILE: Mamelodi Sundowns captain, Alje Schut. Picture: Mamelodi Sundowns official Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Mamelodi Sundowns and Mpumalanga Black Aces will square off for a second time this week at the Mbombela Stadium, this time for a place in the Nedbank Cup semifinal.

Black Aces and Sundowns played out to a 1-1 draw in a league fixture on Wednesday and will be looking to book their place in the next round.

Sundowns captain Alje Schut says his team is not feeling the pressure of playing so many games in a short space of time.

"I don't like these things about fatigue because I don't think we play a lot of games in South Africa compared to other teams in Europe."

Schut says no competition is more important than the other for Sundowns and as a team they devote equal respect to all games.

"For us players there is no difference between any cup competitions. We want to win everything, everything is important to us. We can't say we want to win the league more than the Nedbank Cup. This is very simple, if you win the next three games in the Nedbank Cup then you have the cup."

Meanwhile, Aces goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane says playing frequently helps them stay sharp.

"For Black Aces I think it's good that we're in the Nedbank Cup. You always need to keep playing because sometimes with staying out longer and not playing you lose your momentum.

"So when you're in the Nedbank Cup you know you're going to be playing week in, week out. We plan on staying in the competition much longer."

Mabokgwane says they will be looking to kill the game in 90 minutes and not go to a shootout.