Maritzburg United coach Simo Dladla admits his side couldn’t have been handed a worse Nedbank Cup last 16 draw.

The Team of Choice, who currently ply their trade in the Motsepe Foundation Championship, will face runaway DStv Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday.

While Dladla’s side overcame SAFA Regional League side Paarl United 3-0 in their round of 32 clash, the Brazilians defeated struggling First Division team MM Platinum 6-1.

Speaking ahead of the weekend’s game, Dladla explained: “I must say it’s a terrible draw for us, looking at where we are and where Sundowns are, looking at everything that they have, the quality that is there.

“But I believe that we have talent and this year we have turned the corner in terms of our performances. I’ve already benefited from the draw because everyone wants to play this type of game.”

On his counterpart Rulani Mokwena, Dladla added: “I think coach Rulani needs to be applauded because he was handed an opportunity and he was able to use it.

“Being at a top club that has everything, is an opportunity we all want to be able to showcase our talents. We’re learning from him as well because it’s not easy because there’s always pressure.

“In football, it’s not only about coaching but managing players as well especially big ones like those at Sundowns. You have to be special to manage that.”