Lerato Chabangu and Bongani Zungu were on the same side last weekend, as they helped Bafana Bafana gain a 1-1 draw with Morocco in Agadir.
Today, however, it is back to club duty as the two men look to help their respective sides into the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout.
Chabangu’s Moroka Swallows travel to SuperSport United this afternoon, a place where they have already seen success this season, coming away with a 2-1 Absa Premiership victory.
Zeca Marques’ side have made an impressive start to the new season, and Chabangu has been at the heart of much of their attacking play.
The 28-year-old tricky attacking midfielder’s career revival at Swallows shows no sign of flagging, the highlight so far this campaign an opening day wonder-goal against Tuks, followed by another in the Soweto derby with Kaizer Chiefs.
Chabangu’s performance for Bafana against the Atlas Lions was also excellent, particularly in the first half, and he seems happy enough with his form right now.
“Yes, for now I have done well but I have to keep it up,” he said this week, with a note of caution.
SuperSport have also begun in fine fettle, that league loss to Swallows their only defeat of the campaign thus far, notwithstanding their penalty shoot-out exit to Orlando Pirates in the MTN8.
Cavin Johnson’s side have two players signed from Swallows this season in their ranks – David Mathebula and Bennett Chenene.
“We are going to treat it (the match) the same,” said Chabangu, however, when asked about what role his ex-teammates could play.
“We don’t care about them, we have to prepare ourselves, we want to proceed (to the next round ) but we have to take it step by step.”
Zungu, meanwhile, has also had a fantastic start to the new season, looking right now South Africa’s most exciting local-based young midfield talent.
His Sundowns side are in Moruleng this evening to face Platinum Stars, in another game featuring two of the country’s in-form sides.
The Brazilians are unbeaten this season under Pitso Mosimane, and Zungu is impressed by the Sundowns coach.
“Pitso is a very good coach, he knows football and has laid a foundation,” said the 21 year old.
“He has put a sense in every player that we should have a winning mentality, so we are looking forward to today’s game, it is going to be tough, but the reason I am enjoying my football at Sundowns is that we have a lot of quality players.
“Pitso makes it easier for us to gel and score goals”.
Zungu also admits that his selection for Bafana Bafana – he impressed after coming on at half-time against Morocco – has boosted his confidence.
“Being with Bafana has helped me a lot as a young player to gain confidence to do well at Sundowns,” he said.
“The pressure in Bafana and Sundowns is similar.”
Like Swallows and SuperSport, Stars and Sundowns have already met in the league this season, Robert Ng’ambi’s late equaliser snatching a 1-1 draw for Dikwena in Tshwane.
Stars have already captured the MTN8 under Allan Freese this season, and this one promises to be an absolute cracker.
Today: SuperSport United v Moroka Swallows, Lucas Moripe Stadium, 3pm; Platinum Stars v Mamelodi Sundowns,
Tomorrow: Free State Stars v Kaizer Chiefs, Charles Mopeli Stadium, 3pm
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