Chiefs should be wary of Acorn­bush

CityPress - - Sport - SIL­VER SIBIYA sil­ver.sibiya@city­

The big guns must be happy after they avoided one an­other in the Ned­bank Cup last 16 draw on Thurs­day night in Rand­burg, Jo­han­nes­burg.

But Kaizer Chiefs have to be wor­ried after they were drawn against ABC Mot­sepe League side Acorn­bush United, the team that shocked Pre­mier Soc­cer League (PSL) ti­tle con­tenders Cape Town City 1-0 on Sun­day at Kabok­weni Sta­dium, Mpumalanga.

The big ques­tion all foot­ball lovers must be ask­ing is: Who are Acorn­bush?

The Mpumalanga-based club were es­tab­lished 30 years ago by the late Rexon Mashile and his son Ma­phuta, who is the chair­per­son of the club and who was in at­ten­dance at the draw.

The name Acorn­bush is a merger of two Mpumalanga town names, Acorn­hoek and Bush­buck­ridge.

They are based in Kabok­weni, 30km north of Mbombela, and are coached by for­mer Jomo Cos­mos as­sis­tant coach Mac­Don­ald Makhubedu.

Their chief ex­ec­u­tive, Michael Sias, was quoted on Kick Off web­site as say­ing: “I haven’t slept since draw. Peo­ple have been call­ing me the whole night, ask­ing which sta­dium we were go­ing to use for this fix­ture.”

He told City Press that they would like to play the match at their 5 000seater home venue, Kabok­weni Sta­dium.

Sias said he would warn his play­ers not to give Amakhosi play­ers too much re­spect, as he be­lieves some of his play­ers can match their op­po­nents “pound for pound”. He said Chiefs should be scared. “We are go­ing to be in the fi­nal in this com­pe­ti­tion. We have al­ready been crowned the Mot­sepe League cham­pi­ons and now our full fo­cus is the Ned­bank Cup,” he said.

Chiefs will hope there will not be a re­peat of one of their big­gest up­sets, when, in 2011, Amakhosi lost 2-1 against then Vo­da­com League side Baroka FC.

It has not been an­nounced which sta­dium will host the two teams – Kabok­weni Sta­dium may not be able to host the thou­sands of sup­port­ers Amakhosi usu­ally at­tract wher­ever they go.

The Ke Yona matches will be played be­tween April 5 and 9. The PSL is still to an­nounce the ex­act dates (see box for the full draw).


DAVID VS GO­LIATH Daniel Car­doso and Mduduzi Nkosi at the Ned­bank Cup last 16 draw

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