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Nedbank Cup: Five Summerfield Dynamos players who could hurt Mamelodi Sundowns

3:39 AM SGT 9/4/22
Sandile Zuke & Daouda Toure, Summerfield Dynamos, March 2022
The KwaZulu-Natal side will be underdogs when they square off with the reigning South African champions in the quarter-final match on Saturday

  • Clinton Larsen, Summerfield Dynamos, April 2022

    Five players Downs should be wary of

    The ABC Motsepe League KwaZulu-Natal champions, who are under the guidance of experienced coach Clinton Larsen, reached this stage of the tournament after defeating fellow third-tier side Black Eagles 1-0 in the Last 16 game on March 13.

    GOAL looks at the five players who are capable of rising to the occasion and playing a key role in helping Dynamos cause a major upset against Sundowns.

  • Sandile Zuke, Summerfield Dynamos, April 2022

    Sandile Zuke

    The midfield maestro is one of the most experienced players in the Dynamos squad and he has played for five clubs in the PSL including Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits.

    Having produced a Man of the Match performance against Eagles, Zuke's experience and big-match temperament could very well be crucial in determining the outcome.

  • Lerato Manzini, Chippa United, 2017

    Lerato Manzini

    The nomadic striker plied his trade in the PSL between 2011 and 2020 - scoring goals for Chippa and Bloemfontein Celtic under his current coach Larsen who knows how to bring out the best in Manzini.

    Manzini was part of the Celtic side which defeated Sundowns in the 2012 Telkom Knockout Cup final and will pose a threat to the Masandawana defence with his aerial prowess and powerful shots. 

  • Mncedisi Vandala, Summerfield Dynamos, April 2022

    Mcendisi Vandala

    The promising attacker is a player who has reportedly attracted interest from PSL and National First Division clubs with his exploits for Dynamos.

    An explosive attacker with an eye for goals, Vandala scored the only goal of the match against Uthongathi FC in the Last 32 encounter and he will be ready to shine on a big stage when he faces Sundowns. 

  • Denis Onyango, Mamelodi Sundowns & Deolin Mekoa, Summerfield Dynamos, March 2022

    Deolin Mekoa

    The former South Africa senior and under-23 international is one Dynamos player Downs will be very familiar with the club having been linked with the attacking midfielder during his days with Maritzburg United.

    Mekoa makes Dynamos tick with his ability to create chances for his teammates and he provided the assist when his side defeated Uthongathi. He will be keen to show Masandawana what they missed out on.

  • Lucky Nguzana, Baroka FC, 2017

    Lucky Nguzana

    The well-travelled forward is a man with a point to prove having started his career at Sundowns in 2010, but he made just one PSL appearance before parting ways with the club.

    Nguzana went on to gain top-flight experience while playing for Lamontville Golden Arrows, Platinum Stars and Baroka FC. The left-footed player will look to use physicality and sharp movement to unsettle the Downs defence.