Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena insists his side will need to be at their best to get past the University of Pretoria in their Nedbank Cup quarter final clash.

The two sides will compete for a place in the semi-finals of the lucrative competition at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on Friday night.

Sundowns are undoutably the heavy favourites heading into the tie as the dominant force in South African football.

But TUKS are also a team in form, in second place on the Motsepe Foundation Championship team, just a point behind leaders Magesi with seven games of the season to play.

They saw off the Venda Football Academy in the Preliminary round of the competiton, before defeating Cape Town Spurs and Moroka Swallows to secure their clash with Sundowns, who defeated La Masia in the round of 32 and Maritzburg United in their last 16 match.

Ahead of the game, Mokwena was reported by IOL as saying: “They’ve got a very good side. I watched their game against Swallows. Swallows is a team that I enjoy watching and I watch whenever they’re on. And they played very well against Swallows.

“They have some very good attackers like [Delano] Abrahamas. He can play wingback on the left and right. Even against Cape Town Spurs he played as a front striker. He’s so powerful with both feet.

“They’ve got very good wingbacks on both the left and right. They deliver the ball very early in the box. Their number 12 Thabiso Mokoena has got a lot of experience. He’s the guy that can kill off the attack of the opposition. Their back three is also very experienced.”