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Downs braced for season opener against the Citizens

───   MORGAN PIEK 13:56 Fri, 05 Aug 2022

Downs braced for season opener against the Citizens | News Article
Mamelodi Sundowns

The Premier Soccer League kicks off on Friday with last season’s two top teams going head-to-head in Cape Town.

The season kicks off with the runners-up, Cape Town City, hosting the defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Brazilians will be targeting a record-extending sixth consecutive title.

Both teams have acquired several new signings for the season with Downs securing the signature of the Bafana Bafana captain, Ronwen Williams, while City signed the American winger, Jordan Bender.

The Sundowns coach, Manqoba Mngqithi, has called for a more competitive season.

“Maybe if your league could be a little more intense, with a little more competition, with a lot of other teams pushing each other and pushing us, we'll have a better chance in the Champions League.

“When I see how teams have recruited, Kaizer Chiefs really improved their squad and so have Orlando Pirates. You also have Cape Town City that did exceptionally well last season.”

The action at the Cape Town Stadium gets underway at 19:30.

Round 1 fixtures:

Friday, 5 August 2022

19:30 - Cape Town City vs. Mamelodi Sundowns

Saturday, 6 August 2022

15:00 Marumo Gallants vs. Stellenbosch

15:00 Golden Arrows vs. Richards Bay

15:00 Orlando Pirates vs. Swallows

17:30 Royal AM vs. Kaizer Chiefs

20:00 Maritzburg United vs. Sekhukhune United

Sunday, 7 August 2022

15:00 TS Galaxy vs. AmaZulu

17:30 SuperSport United vs. Chippa United

Morgan Piek/OFM Sport

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