Sundowns progressed to the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup after defeating Marumo Gallants 3-1, in a game that was a rematch of last season’s final. Sundowns striker Peter Shalulile scored a hat-trick, and former Sundowns midfielder Boitumelo Pheko also found the back of the net, resulting in a memorable evening at the Toyota Stadium.
Despite not having a professional team in the Premier Soccer League (PSL), the Free State’s passion for high-profile football was evident as close to 20,000 spectators turned out for the match.
Mokwena expressed his admiration for the Siwelele fans, commending their commitment to the team as demonstrated by their continued support and donning of the team’s jerseys.
He also noted the province’s love for football and how vibrant and passionate the supporters are in their support of the sport.
Mokwena was pleased with the positive atmosphere at the stadium and highlighted the team’s debut of academy graduate Buthelezi, describing it as a positive aspect of the game.
“We are pleased with the ongoing progress and development of football in this province, and have high hopes for its future,” stated Mokwena. “The supporters have played a crucial role in driving this positivity forward, and we are grateful for their commitment.”
Following their success in the Nedbank Cup, Sundowns will shift their focus to their upcoming match in the DStv Premiership against Stellenbosch. The match is set to take place on Sunday at the Danie Craven Stadium.