City of Cape Town pre­pares to host Ned­bank Cup fi­nal

African Times - - News - – psl.co.za

ON THE 19th of May 2018, all eyes will be set on the Mother City as, for the first time in the his­tory of the Ned­bank Cup, Cape Town will ex­pe­ri­ence the ex­cit­ing Ned­bank green fever.

On Thurs­day night, the Premier Soc­cer League to­gether with Ned­bank con­firmed that the Cape Town Sta­dium will be the bat­tle ground for the ti­tle de­cider of the 2018 Ned­bank Cup fi­nal.

Cape Town Sta­dium is one of the sta­di­ums built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the struc­ture of the sta­dium pro­vides an epic ex­pe­ri­ence for spec­ta­tors. Hav­ing been de­signed with a roof that re­sem­bles a bi­cy­cle wheel, the sta­dium is flanked by Ta­ble Moun­tain, Robben Is­land as well as the At­lantic Ocean, giv­ing it a rather dra­matic set­ting. The an­nounce­ment of the Ned­bank Cup fi­nal venue marks the of­fi­cial count­down to the much-an­tic­i­pated fi­nal on 19 May 2018.

PSL act­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Mato Mad­lala said: “Cape Town foot­ball sup­port­ers have been ask­ing for an opportunity to watch a cup fi­nal in their back­yard for some time now and we are ex­cited to bring a ma­jor cup fi­nal to Cape Town Sta­dium. This is in line with the com­mit­ment made by the League to uti­lize the sta­di­ums build for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This is not just an opportunity to watch a foot­ball match but a chance for fans to be part of an ex­pe­ri­ence.”

To­bie Baden­horst, Head: Group Spon­sor­ships and Cause Mar­ket­ing: “We are ec­static about the 11th edi­tion of the Ned­bank Cup fi­nal head­ing to the shores of the Mother City.

“What truly stands out for us and of sig­nif­i­cance is our pas­sion for look­ing af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment as a green bank whilst si­mul­ta­ne­ously pro­mot­ing foot­ball”.

“Build­ing up to the fi­nal will be a ray of ac­tiv­i­ties with a par­tic­u­lar spot­light on clean­ing the beaches, parks, rivers. The in­cen­tive for lucky vol­un­teers will be an opportunity to wit­ness all the ac­tion of the Ned­bank Cup Fi­nal, live. Fur­ther­more, foot­ball fans who will be grac­ing this his­toric fi­nal in Cape Town can be as­sured of an ex­hil­a­rat­ing and en­gag­ing fi­nal with en­ter­tain­ment, fun ac­tiv­i­ties, and many oth­ers, noth­ing less than what has hap­pened for the past 10 edi­tions of South Africa’s own FA Cup.” Baden­horst added.

Fac­ing a gru­elling jour­ney to reach the quar­ter­fi­nals, the re­main­ing eight Clubs are cur­rently in the run­ning to be crowned the 2018 Ned­bank Cup vic­tors and will have Cape Town at the back of their minds as they pre­pare them­selves for the last cou­ple of bat­tles ahead of the fi­nal.

The 2018 Ned­bank Cup has pro­duced en­thralling en­coun­ters and once again de­liv­ered top-qual­ity foot­ball. Brag­ging rights are not the only thing up for grabs, the win­ner of this year’s edi­tion will be walk­ing away with a heart-stop­ping R7 mil­lion cash prize. In ad­di­tion, the cham­pi­ons will also get to flex their mus­cles against the 2018 Ke Yona Team – a group of un­earthed South African tal­ent that will be rel­ish­ing the opportunity to show­case their skills on the big­gest foot­balling stage for non-pro­fes­sional play­ers.

The clubs that have qual­i­fied for the quar­ter­fi­nals are: Ubuntu Cape Town, Free State Stars, Bloem­fontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs, Mar­itzburg United, Baroka FC, Mamelodi Sun­downs and Cape Town.

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