Mamelodi Sundowns will be taking a break from the DStv Premiership to focus on defending their 2020 Nedbank Cup title which they won last season during the treble-winning season. Masandawana take on Stellenbosch FC in the last 32 rounds. The KeYona Cup is dubbed as the ‘cup of dreams’ as it normally pits the giants against the unknown, however due to COVID-19 affecting lower league football, this season’s tournament will feature no amateur teams.
Keletso Makgalwa who won the Most Promising Player Award at the end of the season awards last year spoke about the upcoming clash against the side from the Cape Winelands: “Once we saw the fixture was out and saw that we are playing Stellenbosch, we knew it would be a difficult one. Every time they play against us they give 150%, we are up for the challenge and hopefully, we come out victorious.”
Apart from the Nedbank Cup, Nedbank also provides the Ke Yona Team initiative which is an opportunity for youngsters to put their talents on display: “The Cup will always be special not only for me but also for the upcoming players, as the youngsters are allowed to showcase their talent through the Ke Yona team”.
Makgalwa rose to prominence in last year’s tournament en route to the final and scored some crucial goals which included the winner against Highlands Park in the dying minutes of the game before grabbing another against Bidvest Wits in the Semi-finals.
The ambitious young striker is hungry for more and aims to raise his game in this years Nedbank Cup: “I appreciate every moment I spend on the field, I want to achieve more than what I did last season and hope to score more goals this time around” concluded Makgalwa