Downs told to forget double
MAMELODI Sundowns must forget about ending the season with a league and cup double, Free State Stars deputy captain Paulos Masehe has warned.
The two sides meet in a Nedbank Cup semifinal at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday at 8.15pm.
Masehe, who started his professional soccer career at Sundowns in 2002, is confident Ea Lla Koto will win the first semifinal.
"This is a big one for us, Sundowns have assembled an array of big-name players but we are ready to deal with whatever they throw at us," he said.
"It will be a tough match, but there is no way our campaign in this tournament will end until we bring the trophy to Free State.
"Sundowns have made it clear they want to win the league and this competition to end the season on a high. It is not going to happen."
Masehe pointed to their elimination of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs from the tournament as a signal of their intent: "Sundowns are the next victims for us to complete a hat-trick.
"We have a highly knowledgeable coach in Steve Komphela, who is doing a great job in transforming Stars into one of the best soccer clubs in South Africa."
Masehe, who has also played for Pirates, is happy to be back in action after missing last night's league match against Santos due to suspension.
"I started my professional soccer career at Sundowns in 2002, where I won many titles with them. It's been a long time since Stars won a trophy in the elite division."
The other semifinal will feature SuperSport United and AmaZulu at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday, starting at 3pm.
Meanwhile, for the first time since its inception in 2008, the Nedbank Cup final will be played at night.
It will kick off at 8.15pm at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on May 26, the Premier Soccer League confirmed yesterday.
Last season, the final was staged at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
This will be the second time a PSL final is played at the refurbished Orlando Stadium after Lamontville Golden Arrows hammered Ajax Cape Town 6-0 in the MTN8 final two seasons ago.