Usuthu had fielded a strong side against Zululand, featuring big names like Gabadinho Mhango, Dumisani Zuma, Augustine Kwem, Keagan Buchanan, Matarr Ceesay, Bongi Ntuli and local boy Thembela Sikhakhane.
Sundowns won the tourney in 2019 and had to wait for two years to defend their title due to Covid-19.
Sundowns and Richards Bay played to a 1-1 draw in regulation time with Neo Maema scoring for the DStv Premiership champions side while Simphiwe Mcineka equalised for Natal Rich Boyz in the closing stages of the game.
Sundowns fielded some of their best players such as Peter Shalulile, Andile Jali, Brian Onyango and Khuliso Mudau for the preseason tournament.
Richards Bay coach Pitso Dladla got a chance to give a run to some of his new players such as Abel Mabaso and Nkanyiso Zungu, who played off the bench.
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