Nedbank Cup: Predicting Mamelodi Sundowns' XI to face Mathaithai FC

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Mamelodi Sundowns Zwane Coetzee Jali Morena Mkhulisi
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The Brazilians face the third-tier side from the Free State in what appears on paper to be an easy task for them
  1. GOALKEEPER - Kennedy Mweene
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    GOALKEEPER - Kennedy Mweene

    The Zambian has been instrumental in goals for the Brazilians in the absence of Denis Onyango although he conceded twice in their last match against Maritzburg United.

  2. RIGHT-BACK - Khuliso Mudau
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    RIGHT-BACK - Khuliso Mudau

    The former Black Leopards player has been in top form and has forced the Masandwana coaches to field Thapelo Morena back in midfield.

  3. CENTRE-BACK - Rushine De Reuck
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    CENTRE-BACK - Rushine De Reuck

    The Cape Town-born defender has made 21 appearances across all competitions for Sundowns this season and is almost sure to start.

  4. CENTRE-BACK - Brian Onyango
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    CENTRE-BACK - Brian Onyango

    In the absence of Mosa Lebusa, Onyango has enjoyed game time, mostly partnering De Reuck at the heart of the defence.

  5. LEFT-BACK - Lyle Lakay
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    LEFT-BACK - Lyle Lakay

    Lakay is one of Sundowns' best players this season and has condemned Divine Lunga to the bench.

  6. ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Sphelele Mkhulise
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    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Sphelele Mkhulise

    The 26-year-old midfielder had a decent outing against Maritzburg and could feature in his first Nedbank Cup match of the season after being overlooked in the Round of 32.

  7. CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Teboho Mokoena
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    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Teboho Mokoena

    The Bafana Bafana star has started the last three games for the Brazilians and formed a formidable central midfield pairing with Jali recently against Al Ahly.

  8. LEFT MIDFIELDER - Haashim Domingo
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    LEFT MIDFIELDER - Haashim Domingo

    The 26-year-old midfielder has started the last two games for Masandawana and has made his case to start against Mathaithai.

    This is after he scored a beautiful goal against TS Galaxy, before providing an assist for Peter Shalulile against Maritzburg.

  9. RIGHT-MIDFIELDER - Thapelo Morena
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    RIGHT-MIDFIELDER - Thapelo Morena

    Morena has been moved from the right-back position back into the midfield in the last two games.

    With a role in the middle of the park being familiar to him, he has not disappointed.

  10. ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Lesedi Kapinga
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    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Lesedi Kapinga

    Sundowns' coaches could bench Themba Zwane again as they look to keep him fresh for their Champions League assignment against Al Ahly.

    This places Kapinga as a likely starter.

  11. CENTRE-FORWARD - Peter Shalulile
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    CENTRE-FORWARD - Peter Shalulile

    The Namibian has started each and every match Sundowns have played in all competitions this season.

    Having scored in the last two games, Shalulile would be keen to continue on that path to maintain his form ahead of meeting Al Ahly at the weekend.