SUNDAY's Nedbank Cup quarterfinal between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates may have come too soon for most football fans, but it is still likely to be an interesting tie.
This match has evoked strong emotions in former players Tebogo "Tebza Ngwana" Moloi of Pirates and Zane Moosa of Downs, who used to mesmerise each other and thrill the fans when the two giants met.
Moloi said if the Buccaneers win, their confidence would sky-rocket, as would their chances of ending their long Cup drought.
"I think it will be a good game because if you want to be crowned champions you must be prepared to face anyone. In such big games, players must rise to the occasion and play to their strengths and I think we have a good chance," Moloi said.
"Sundowns is not a closed book to us and we also have Gert Schalkwyk, Katlego Mashego and Joseph Makhanya back. Between them they have played a lot of Cup football, which will hopefully work in our favour."
Moosa said Sundowns will have to rise to the occasion after a number of unconvincing games.
"The match will be a humdinger and on current form Pirates are the favourites, but Sundowns have always done well against them. It's also a chance for the Sundowns players to start delivering after they were outplayed by Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout because even their win on Sunday was not very convincing."
Dikgang Mabalane and Phenyo Mongalo will pose the biggest threat to Sundowns, who will also be boosted by the return of Lebohang Mokoena and Siyanda Xulu, Moosa said.