Gi­ants may fall in Ned­bank Cup

CityPress - - Sport - SIL­VER SIBIYA sil­ver.sibiya@city­press.co.za

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.

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