Giants may fall in Nedbank Cup
After what Baroka FC did to Kaizer Chiefs in 2011, and after Maluti FET College beat Orlando Pirates in 2013, the question that soccer fans now face is: Who will be the giant-slayers in the 10th edition of the Nedbank Cup knockout competition?
The Ke Yona spectacular has in the past introduced future stars to soccer fanatics – people they had never heard of or seen before.
The Nedbank Cup will start tomorrow, when African champions Mamelodi Sundowns host SA Football Association league minnows Mariveni FC at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
The last time Sundowns faced a side from the fourth tier of South African football, they thumped the Northern Cape side Powerlines FC 24-0 in the last 32 in 2012.
Another one of three fourth-tier sides in the last 32 clubs is Northern Cape side United Rovers FC. They return to the Nedbank Cup’s last 32, after having appeared for the first time last year.
Then they lost 7-0 to Mpumalanga Black Aces.
They will visit National First Division (NFD) side Jomo Cosmos at Tsakane Stadium on Saturday.
Gauteng ABC Motsepe League side All Stars would have learnt a lot from their own experience last year, when they visit Polokwane City in a repeat of last year’s final 32 fixtures (which City won 2-0).
Another exciting third-tier side is Acornbush United, who will find themselves at the ABC Motsepe League in Mpumalanga.
Another opportunity for a giantkilling act is KwaZulu-Natal third-tier side KwaDukuza United, who will take on Ajax Cape Town.
United is the latest incarnation of Natal United, with many of the same players from that last 32 having triumphed over Chippa United in 2015.
Free State ABC Motsepe League side Days FC welcome NFD’s Mbombela United, hoping to make a mark.
North West third-tier side Buya Msuthu will hope to shock many when they host struggling PSL side Bloemfontein Celtic in Rustenburg.