Former Sundowns coach Neil Tovey says that Cassius Mailula has shown that he has got an eye for goal.
Tovey believes that in competitions like the Carling Black Label Cup the crucial players will always remain the forwards, and has singled out a particular player that has caught his attention.
“Jali has been on top of his game, but you know you always need your strikers to get the goals, and obviously Ronwen Williams will also be key,” Neil Tovey told ThisIsFootball.Africa.
“He obviously needs a clean sheet and then the worst scenario is that you go to penalties.”
Cassius Mailula this season became the second youngest PSL player to score a brace for Mamelodi Sundowns in the league, and also the fifth youngest player to score in back-to-back league matches for Masandawana. Tovey goes through some of the things that will make him a key player in the Carling Black Label Cup.
“He has been energetic, he’s young, he’s been given an opportunity in the squad and he has been doing well. What I like about him, he tends to be in the box where the ball ends up. He is not sitting outside the box hoping that he gets into the box. He has shown that he has got a keen eye for goal.”
Cassius grew up in Ga-Molepo, Limpopo and joined Mamelodi Sundowns after performing well at the Mandela Youth challenge in Soweto, where he won the Golden Boot Award as well as the Player of the Tournament respectively.
Mamelodi Sundowns square up against AmaZulu in an early morning fixture at 9:30, which is the first semi-final, while Kaizer Chiefs take on Orlando Pirates in the much-anticipated Soweto Derby semi-final number two. The final is later on at 17:00, while the third-place play-off will occur via a straight penalty shootout.