Mamelodi Sundowns and TP Mazembe will battle for the CAF Super Cup at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday, kick-off at 19h00 CAT.
As the respective winners of last year’s CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup, ‘Downs and Mazembe will meet in the 25th edition of the Super Cup.
The South Africans will be making their debut in the annual showpiece, while the Ravens have appeared three times before – 2010, 2011 and 2016 – and walked away with the trophy on each occasion.
The DR Congo giants come into the match having appointed a new coach – Frenchman Thierry Froger, who replaces Hubert Velud – though assistant coaches Pamphile Mihayo Kazembe and David Mwakasu are likely to be in charge for this match, with the new man observing from the stands.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has admitted that he prioritised the Super Cup when picking his team for a midweek 1-1 draw with Chippa United in domestic football, while star attacker Khama Billiat has argued that it is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of match.
“This is going to be a big game. Nothing can be bigger, at least at continental level,” Billiat told his club’s official website. "Games like this are the only way you can measure how big or good you are."
He added: "Once we had won the CAF Champions League, we knew we had to do planning for the Super Cup. We know what is coming. They know us and we know them.
“TP Mazembe are a huge team, and we will respect them. But we have to do what we do best. They have achieved a lot, but that does not mean they will be better than us.
“We know they are not an easy team to beat, but it will all come down to who is hungrier, and I know that we are hungry enough.”