Nedbank Cup Last 8: Players to watch takes a look at some of the players who could potentially be match winners in this weekend’s Nedbank Cup Last eight action.

Maritzburg United v SuperSport United

Cuthbert Malajila could be the danger-man for the Team of Choice. The Zimbabwean has missed some action in 2013 with injury, but appears to be quickly rediscovering his best form.

He was on the score-sheet in United’s last home game, the 2-0 win over Chippa United, and his partnership with country-man Terrance Mandaza is likely to provide the SuperSport defence with problems.

For the away team, veteran Sibusiso Zuma has BMT in no short supply and always has the potential to sway the outcome of a tight game. The former Bafana player has been on target recently for SuperSport in continental club competition, and provided the assist for Wednesday night’s winner in the 2-1 Absa Premiership victory over Chippa United.

Bloemfontein Celtic v Kaizer Chiefs

Celtic’s recent goals have been shared amongst a host of different players. So with no one particular danger-man up front, it could be Ruzaigh Gamildien’s energy and creativity from an advanced midfield role that turns out to be Celtic’s trump-card.

In Chiefs’ favour are the signs that their talisman, Siphiwe Tshabalala has been close to if not at his very best form over the last month or so. The Bafana winger is scoring goals and providing assists, and he may well revel within the conditions on Saturday, at what will likely be a packed Free State Stadium for this high-profile match-up.

Mamelodi Sundowns v Platinum Stars

Apart from the 3-1 win over Ajax, in their last league encounter two weeks ago, the goals have not flowed for Sundowns of late. And those that have come, have been scored by a host of different players.

It may then be about time for one of Downs’ quality strikers to come to the fore. Nyasha Mushekwi has not been a regular starter in recent weeks. But the Zimbabwean is due a few goals and not too many people would be surprised if he found the net on Sunday,

For Stars Mogakolodi Ngele is certain to be a watched man. The youngster from Botswana was on target a few weeks ago when Stars drew 1-1 with the Brazilians in an Absa Premiership encounter.

He was also on target last weekend, scoring with a free kick in Dikwena’s 4-0 win over Leopards, indeed, Ngele has been a consistent goal-scorer throughout the season, and has been ably assisted by strike partner Henrico Botes.

United FC v African Warriors

United hammered seven goals past Vasco da Gama in a midweek NFD fixture. And with no one particular player dominating the goal fest on Wednesday, United will be feeling like they can score from anywhere.

In the previous round it took a wonder strike by Conrad Madolo to settle the game against Jomo Cosmos; perhaps Madolo will again find the inspiration should his team be looking for it. He was also the only player to score more than one goal against Vasco, having secured a brace.

Brice Aka was on the score-sheet in Warriors’ 2-2 draw with Maluti FET College in the Last 16, the Free State side going on to win on penalties.

Aka has also been finding the net in the NFD of late. The Ivory Coast marksman, who was first brought to the PSL by Maritzburg United, could just be the man to swing the game in the visitors’ favour.