Timmy T Maranda
It’s classic derby delight as SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns face each other in a top-of-the-table DStv Premiership match on Saturday.
Matsatsantsa a Pitori comes into this match with three victories in a row while the Brazillians’ unbeaten record remains intact after 10 games.
The victory for either side will move them to the top of the table.
Supersport will bank on star striker Bradley Grobler who has broken the all-time goal-scoring record ahead of the match. Grobler is the current top goalscorer with 10 goals in ten matches, ahead of Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns.
Both Grobler and Zwane have scored in their last matches.
“Bradley Grobler is a quality player and he has continued with a great form from last season. He has goals in him,” said Supersport United Coach Kaitano Tembo.
He said he was pleased with the joint efforts of strikers Bradley Grobler and Thamsanqa Gabuza.
“They are giving us a lot of attacking options.”
Tembo refused to focus on the Mamelodi Sundowns.
“We will focus on our own strengths. We have to make sure we are solid and play in a way that will make them uncomfortable,” he said.
“Sundowns’ team has good quality in Kermit Erusmas, Mthobi Mvala and Peter Shalulile.”
Mamelodi Sundowns have dominated this fixture over the years and will bank on the dominance to consolidate their position on top of the table. The Brazilians will also be boosted by the return of Gaston Sirino.
Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena said: “Our sole effort should be to play the match and not get carried away by the occasion. For us this is just one of the matches we have to play this season.”
The Tshwane derby is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium, kick-off 15h00.
DStv Premiership fixtures:
Golden Arrows vs TTM, 15h00
Ts Galaxy vs Chippa United, 15h30
Bloemfontein Celtic vs Stellenbosch,15h30
Baroka vs Swallows, 17h00
Cape Town City vs Kaizer Chiefs, 17h00
Black Leopards vs Orlando Pirates, 15h30
Amazulu vs Maritzburg United, 15h30
Picture source: @mamelodisundowns