Marumo Gallants will be looking to stop Mamelodi Sundwns from completing a domestic treble when they meet during the Nedbank Cup final at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday.

Gallants are the defending champions after they won the competition last season as Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) when they beat Chippa United 1-0 to lift the trophy for the first time.

The Limpopo outfit subsequently changed their name from TTM  during the off-season after showing bravery in staving off relegation from the DStv Premiership.

Dan Malesela is hoping to join an exclusive club as he bids to win the title for a second time after he guided TS Galaxy to Nedbank Cup glory in 2019 by defeating Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in the final.

Sundowns VS Marumo Gallants

The two teams met in the competition for the first time last term when Sundowns’ title defence came to an end in the semifinals following a 6-5 loss on penalties to Gallants.

That was Gallants’ only victory over Sundowns in five attempts, the reigning DStv Premiership champions won 4-0 away from home in the league earlier this term before being held to a 1-1 draw at Loftus one month later on 23 December.

It was a similar story the previous season as Sundowns emerged 3-1 victors in Polokwane after the reverse fixture had finished goalless.

Sundowns were the first winners of the cup in its current format and they triumphed again in 2015 and 2020.

The Pretoria giants are seeking a record fourth title as they currently share that honour with SuperSport United as three-time champions in the last 14 years.

Mosimane was at the helm during their 2020 triumph, although Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena were his assistants at the time and the duo are looking for their maiden title as co-coaches this season.

Pick: Sundowns Wins by 9/20 at BetXchange


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