The Brazilians undertake from Gauteng for the first time this season while visiting the Chilli Boys in the Eastern Cape
The defending champions of the Premier Soccer League, Mamelodi Sundowns, will retain their unbeaten start of the 2021/22 campaign when they clash with Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Tuesday.
After AmaZulu were 1-0 at home last Friday, it was a positive start for Masandawana in their title defense.
But they face a team that also started the season on a promising note when Chippa Sekhukhune beat United 1-0 in Tembisa in their season opener.
The Chilli Boys have the opportunity to take the lead on the PSL points table early on and if they win, Sundowns can also go to the summit with the victory.
|Games||Chippa United vs Mamelodi Sundowns|
|Date||Tuesday, August 24|
|Time||17:00 SA Time|
TV channel, live score and how to watch
|Online streaming||TV channel|
|DStv.com/DStv Now app||SuperSport TV’s channel 208|
Teams and team news
This would probably be the biggest test yet for Gavin Hunt as Chippa’s coach, but he can be glad that none of his players are suspended when they host Sundowns.
The experience of veteran midfielder Kurt Lentjies, Mogakolodi Ngele and Roscoe Pietersen is what Hunts need against a star-studded Masandawana.
Sunda’s defender Mosa Lebusa was replaced last weekend as a precaution against AmaZulu, but he is expected to play against the Chilli Boys.
But Masandawana goalkeeper Wendell Robinson’s coach may not sit on the bench while suspending his last game after receiving a red card in the MTN8 quarter-final against Kaizer Chiefs.
He missed Sundowns’ season opener against AmaZulu in his first game of suspension.
Sundowns continue this game with a record of nine PSL games without tasting a defeat.
They last lost a league match in April last season when they were beaten 2-1 by Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld.
This is against Chippa’s record of only three unbeaten league games, including two draws that saved them from automatic relegation from the PSL.
But the Chilli Boys consider themselves a clean slate after Hunt’s arrival began.
Their victory over Sekhukhune last Saturday may be an indication of their intention to bury their difficult past, marked by the constant change of coaches.
However, it will not be an easy task for Chippa against the PSL defending champions, a team that has never beaten them in a league match.
Last season, Masandawana completed a double over Chippa United and won 2-0 away, before beating the Eastern Cape 2-1 at Loftus Versfeld again.
This was the same case in the 2015/16 and 2018/19 seasons when the Brazilians sealed rugby victories over Chippa.