Komphela: We have a responsibility to defend our title in Cape Town

Cassius Mailula of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal with Steve Komphela, Senior coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2022 Carling Black Label Cup final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 12 November 2022 © Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Steve Komphela recently acknowledged that Stellenbosch FC does provide a significant challenge to his team’s chances of winning the Nedbank Cup. With games left, Sundowns already won the DStv Premiership trophy; they are currently vying for another trophy. Sundowns won the Carling Black Label cup last year, and if they can win the Nedbank Cup, they would have won three trophies altogether this season.

The DStv Premiership champions and Stellenbosch will play in a thrilling Nedbank Cup quarter-final game on Saturday night at Athlone Stadium. Despite losing to Kaizer Chiefs and Royal AM, Steve Barker’s Stellies are still a threat, especially with the dreaded Iqraam Rayners at the front. Rayners has more than five goals since the year’s beginning and is one of the most dangerous strikers in the league.

Although Sundowns are unmatched in the DStv Premiership, they frequently struggle against Stellenbosch. Following the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals draw, Komphela commented on his team’s expectations when they visit the Western Cape.

“The game will be challenging because we’ll be playing against a formidable team. What Stellies did to TS Galaxy proves that they are extremely dangerous,” Komphela said during a Johannesburg gathering.

“We have the duty to defend our title, therefore we will head to Cape Town with the objective of winning. In our conversation with Steve Barker, I told him that his team’s performance against TS Galaxy was commendable.

“We have to go to Cape Town determined to do our job well, and we know we stumbled in Stellenbosch,” Komphela added. After winning it the previous year for 2021/2022, Sundowns is the reigning Nedbank Cup champions.