There are two outstanding games to complete the table, with the big one coming on Saturday when the Buccaneers host the Brazilians at Orlando Stadium.
Whichever team wins the Johannesburg clash will clinch the R1.5 million prize outright, but if the match is drawn then the Quarter will only be decided in the final match between Free State Stars and Pirates on 12 February.
Matsatsantsa currently head the table on goal-difference from two other clubs – Moroka Swallows and Q-2 winners Kaizer Chiefs, who all have 15 points – with Sundowns fourth on 14 points with a game in hand.
Pirates, with Eric Tinkler in charge as caretaker coach after the resignation of Roger de Sa last week, are currently fifth on 13 points but they have two games in hand.
They can also afford a draw against Pitso Mosimane’s men, but will then need nothing less than victory from their trip to the Charles Mopeli Stadium.
The equation on the other hand for the Pretoria outfit is simple — beat Pirates on Saturday and they will take the Q-1 prize. If the match is drawn Sundowns can still win on goal difference if Pirates fail to win their encounter against Free State Stars
The winner of the first phase of the league would have already been crowned months ago, but has been delayed due to the Bucs’ participation in the CAF Champions League, a competition in which they ended runners-up.
Amakhosi won Q-2 after an impressive run of form that saw them win six out of their seven games, while Q-3 has only just begun with AmaZulu moving clear at the top with two wins and a draw from their first three games.
Both Pirates and Sundowns are also still in the overall race for the Absa Premiership title, although defending champions Chiefs are currently eleven points clear of second-placed Sundowns. Most of Chiefs’ rivals still have games in hand over the Soweto giants