Cape Town - The eight teams that will be competing in Sunday’s MultiChoice Diski Challenge matches, arrived in Cape Town on Saturday, and there were familiar faces among the youngsters.
Mamelodi Sundowns, who will take on Free State Stars, have brought goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni and striker Bonginkosi Ntuli, who are both part of the first team. The Diski Challenge provides them with a chance to be involved in a competitive match as they try to break into the first team. Joining them is the entertaining Percy Tau, who will be looking to give an eye-catching performance.
Their opponents Stars confirmed defender Thabiso Moharala as the only player from the first team.
The home side, Ajax Cape Town will have Lance Davids, Dominic Isaacs and Franklin Cale for their clash against Moroka Swallows. The Birds, on the other hand, have brought Vuyisile Wana, Shere Lekgothoane and Philani Cele – who is on loan from Kaizer Chiefs.
SuperSport United will field Morne Nel and Dumisani Msibi when they take on Polokwane City. Nel got a chance to show his talent in the first team last season. He even scored against English giants Manchester City in a preseason friendly. Young goalkeeper Msibi got a call-up to the Bafana Bafana team for their first two Afcon qualifiers.
Polokwane have the likes of Ayanda Lubelo, Mthusi Gopano and Simphiwe Hlongwa. They’ve all been recently promoted to the first team.
To guide the youngsters, Chippa United will count on the experience of goalkeeper Tshepo Motsoeneng, Manti Moholo and Siyabonga Shai – the son of former Sundowns legend Isaac Shai. They also have an interesting young striker Khanyisa Mayo, who is the son of former Kaizer Chiefs star Patrick Mayo. The former striker is an assistant coach in the team.
Their opponents Mpumalanga Black Aces have Denis Masina, Tshidiso Tukane and Roger da Costa as their over-aged players. They also have youngsters James Bell and Daron Lurie who are part of the first team.