The 2022/23 DStv Premiership season kicks off with last season’s runners-up Cape Town City FC hosting champions Mamelodi Sundowns at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday, 5 August.
Kick-off is scheduled for 19:30.
While Mamelodi Sundowns stormed to an impressive fifth consecutive top-flight title, along with lifting both the Nedbank Cup and MTN8 trophies (against Cape Town City in the final), their opponents on Friday were equally impressive with their storming finish to the season which culminated in them clinching the second CAF Champions League spot.
Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns have kept squad changes to a minimum
Both sides have since resisted the urge to make wholesale changes to their squads, with the Brazilians making just a few shrewd reinforcements.
They have brought in Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Ronwen Williams and midfielder Sipho Mbule, both from SuperSport United, as well as Chilean midfielder Marcelo Allende from Mvd City Torque and SCC Mohammedia’s Morocco centre-back Abdelmounaim Boutouil.
Meanwhile, Cape Town City signed American midfielder Jordan Bender from Orlando City and Stellenbosch defender Marc van Heerden while promoting strikers Ashley Nel and Luke Daniels from their reserve team.
There was no separating these two sides in the league last season with both matches ending goalless, while Mamelodi Sundowns won on penalties in the MTN8 final after the match had ended 1-1 at normal time.
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