Sundowns have welcomed back mercurial midfielder Khama Billiatt, who has recovered from the knock he received in scoring a month ago. Th Zimbabwean international has also been working hard at his final ball, and has vowed to give his best if given a chance to play by the coach.
Yet, there is also young Keagan “Double” Dolly, who has just celebrated leading the South African Under 23 side to a penalties victory over Senegal to qualify for the Rio Olympics.
Good news, too, is that Columbian Leonardo Castro is beginning to find his rhythm, and will be out to reward the coach’s confidence in him.
But standing in the shadows is Cuthbert Malajila, who is champing at the bit after recovering from injury. He was among the leading goal-scorers last season, but injury has kept him largely on the sidelines so far this season.
The one man who relishes the clashes against Chiefs is the midfield maestro Teko “The General” Modise, who has on several occasions scored the critical goal against Chiefs. Just as much as Chiefs pin their hopes on either Tshabalala or Letsholonyane, Sundowns will pin their hopes on Modise to create the opportunities and even have a dip at scoring.
It will also be interesting to see who wins the strong-man role battle: Hlompho Kekana or Willard Katsande, but Sundowns have enough ball players to make life difficult for the Chiefs hard man.