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Sundowns v Pirates: The final before the final

Mamelodi Sundowns have already clinched silverware this season, the Telkom Knockout.

The Nedbank Cup. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - Mamelodi Sundowns are on course to achieve a domestic treble and become only the second team in Premier Soccer League (PSL) history to achieve this feat, after Orlando Pirates, who did it twice in successive seasons.

However, standing in Sundowns' way, is, interestingly, Pirates, this as the two teams take each other on in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals on Saturday night.

Sundowns have already clinched silverware this season, the Telkom Knockout, and are looking good for the league title as well, which will bring their tally to two for the season.

If Sundowns do make it past the Bucaneers, they will be tipped as the outright favourites to go on and defend the tournament they won last year, beating Ajax Cape Town, but coach Pitso Mosimane says their opponents are not to be taken lightly.

"We respect Orlando Pirates, they're on a good path. The game tomorrow for them is more important, they will make sure they come back to Caf, they will make sure they keep the winning streak"

There is so much to play for in this match, pride and bragging rights being the foremost prize, but also a chance for Pirates to book their spot in continental competition in 2017.

Eric Tinkler's men are fresh off the back of a crushing defeat in the final of the Caf Confederation Cup final against Etoile du Sahel and the only way for them to go back and try make amends for that disappointment is to win this Nedbank Cup, as they did in 2014.

Bucs coach Tinkler says taking part in their second Confed Cup in three years is the added bonus, but what he wants most to is to have a trophy under in his belt in his first full season as the Pirates boss.

"First and foremost is winning the Nedbank Cup, winning silverware, that's very important. For me on a personal note, I would like to finish my first season off as a head coach having won a trophy, that's important, also for the team and the players after the disappointment we've had this season, the highs and lows"

There will definitely be added motivation for both sides; for Sundowns, they will want to redeem themselves for being knocked out of the Caf Champions League midweek, while for Pirates, they will want to claim a second big scalp in the competition, after eliminating arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the first round.