Maritzburg have strong cup record against Sundowns11/04/2018
Usually homeground advantage is huge in knockout games, but for Mamelodi Sundowns, travelling away to Maritzburg United on April 22 in their Nedbank Cup semifinal will hold little fear.
That is because Sundowns have, for unknown reasons, been far better on their travels this season than at home, turning football convention on its head.
In home matches in the Premier Soccer League, Sundowns have won just six of 14 in all competitions, a win ratio of 43 percent, well below what they would expect.
But away from home it is a completely different story, with 12 wins in 16 games, and just two defeats, for a win ratio of 75 percent.
“I like the stats. That’s why the boys say they [the players] like the white [away] jersey because the white jersey doesn’t lose a lot. It always wins,” Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said recently.
So going to Maritzburg, as difficult as it will be, will not strike fear in the side, especially as they have not lost there since 2012.
The Nedbank Cup semifinal will be the first of two matches between the sides at the Harry Gwala Stadium in just a matter of days.
They will also play a league game on April 25 at the same venue, by which time we will know which of the sides has made the Nedbank Cup final in Cape Town on May 19.
*The views represented are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent those of Nedbank.