Maduka relishes Sundowns challenge in Nedbank Cup semifinal

Royal AM coach John Maduka is looking forward to the challenge of facing Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup semifinals after his side scraped past University of Pretoria in a five-goal thriller at Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday.

The semifinal final tie will be much-anticipated between the two form teams in the country and for Maduka there will be an element of revenge. He was in charge of Bloemfontein Celtic when Sundowns beat them 1-0 in the 2020 Nedbank Cup final, and then later that year the decider in the MTN8.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Maduka said. “It’s a good one. We know it’s not going to be easy. I think it doesn’t matter who we play against in the semifinals, anything can happen.

“And it’s our home game. We will prepare well; we are going to compete and try to take us into the final. I am sure it is going to be a very interesting match, we just hope on that particular day the [weather] conditions and the condition of the field is good.”

Royal AM came back from 2-0 down to beat AmaTuks 3-2 in treacherous conditions after heavy rain left water on the surface of the pitch.

The team have built a reputation this season for scoring late goals and Maduka said he always believed they would make a comeback in the game after trailing 2-0 at halftime.

“We knew we would come back, we started the game very slow and it was expected because we were coming from back-to-back games. We knew we would start picking it up.”©Mzansi Football

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