downs take on usuthu

MAMELODI Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe has spent millions of rands to bring quality players to Chloorkop but the mining guru has seen little return on his investment in terms of trophies.

The last time Downs won any silverware was two seasons ago when they claimed the inaugural Nedbank Cup under caretaker coach Trott Moloto. Interestingly, Moloto is on the verge of winning the same trophy with Downs, again as their interim coach.

But it will not be an easy task for Sundowns to reach the final of the competition that carries a cool R6 million first prize after they were pitted against AmaZulu in the semifinals of Ke Yona yesterday.

The match takes place at Kings Park Stadium in Durban at 8.15pm on Saturday. Usuthu have the quality players to match Downs and will be desperate to win something for their supporters at home.

The Downs-Usuthu match-up continued to produce what many people consider unfavourable draws. Many were hoping that the sides would meet in the final, considering that they are playing good football.

They are also stronger draw-cards than the other two semifinalists, Free State Stars and Bidvest Wits, who meet at Olen Park in Potchefstroom at 3pm on Saturday.

Speaking after the draw, Moloto said his players still have a lot of work to do before they can even start thinking of lifting the trophy on May 22 at Soccer City.

"We'll give AmaZulu and their coach Neil Tovey the respect they deserve and we are not going to be complacent," said Moloto, who will hope that Benedict "Tso" Vilakazi continues his good form.

Said Tovey: "I would have preferred to meet Sundowns in the final but there is nothing we can do now. There are now four dangerous teams left in the tournament and we'll make it a contest for them."

PLS chief executive Kjetil Siem said 23000 tickets had been sold.