Nedbank Cup could see mighty tumble
DAVID VS GOLIATH
EGOS could shatter as upsets might be the order of the day when the exciting Nedbank Cup returns this week.
Can we expect another Baroka FC phoenix-like rise from the ashes in the 32-team Nedbank Cup tournament this season?
The tournament, the local version of the English FA Cup, offers lower-tier and semi-professional teams unique opportunities to measure themselves against illustrious PSL sides. On the David versus Goliath
“” theme, the Nedbank Cup has, over the last four seasons, provided excitement and disappointment in almost equal measure.
This is to be expected when Vodacom League minnows attempt giant-killing acts on established PSL and first division sides.
The first of such fixtures, sees a clash between Golden Arrows and North West Shining Stars, at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday at 8.15pm.
Unlike Arrows, the Shining Stars aren t
’ that steeped in history, but they have been carving one out since owner Sello Ntsoko relocated the team from Rustenburg to Letlhabile in the North West.
The Stars have tasted the Nedbank Cup before and so, though they face a mountainous task against Arrows, who boast the likes of Bafana Bafana midfielder Thanduyise Khuboni, an upset cannot be completely ruled out.
Humble background and all, the Stars can be described as an ambitious lower-tier side, who ll be happy to chalk up a win or
’ two and learn a few lessons playing against illustrious sides. We have set “ourselves a target this season and that is to qualify for the play-offs,” says club boss Ntsoko.
Another clash pitting a lower-tier side against giants sees little-known Powerline FC hosting Mamelodi Sundowns at the GWK Stadium next Sunday, in a rare Northern Cape outing for Sundowns.
Meanwhile, the legendary John Tlale, emerging from the shadows, will guide the Free State-based Vodacom league team, Roses United, against Polokwane-based Bay United.
Founded in 2009, Roses have often shone in the lower divisions, but still struggle in the first division play-of fs.
Without high expectations placed on them, Roses will be under less pressure to win when they host Bay United at Botshabelo Stadium on March 11.
Notable fixtures next weekend feature Bloemfontein Celtic playing Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night while Kaizer Chiefs will host Cape Town All
Stars. Saturday: African Warriors v Jomo Cosmos (Charles Mopeli Stadium, 3pm); MP Black Aces v Witbank Spurs (Rand Stadium, 3pm), Golden Arrows v NW Shining Stars (King Zwelithini Stadium, 8.15pm); Kaizer Chiefs v Cape Town All Stars (FNB Stadium, 8.15pm) Sunday: Powerlines FC v Mamelodi Sundowns (GWK Stadium, 3pm); Batau FC v Supersport United (AJ Swanepoel Stadium, 3pm).
ARROWS STAR: Midfielder Thanduyise Khuboni.