Team of Choice inch closer to first ever Nedbank Cup semi-final spot

2014-04-12 00:00

IT may not be the most glamorous of today’s three Nedbank Cup quarter-finals, but Maritzburg United will happily go about their business outside of the limelight when they travel to the Charles Mopeli Stadium in the Free State for a date with National First Division outfit African Warriors.

On paper, the in-form United should breeze through the tie and make their way to their first ever semi-final in the competition — a feat that would be massive for the club should they be given a home draw in the semi-finals against one of the bigger teams left.

The bad news for the Team of Choice yesterday is that influential striker Thokozani Sekotlong missed the bus trip yesterday as he continues to recover from a groin injury, but the good news is that everybody else is fit and free of suspension.

In the absence of Sekotlong, United coach Steve Komphela has the likes of Orlando Smeekes and a rejuvenated Terrance Mandaza to spearhead his attack.

Safe from relegation woes for the first time this season, United and Komphela are now free to devote all of their attention to a historic win this afternoon.

Kaizer Chiefs are also in action this afternoon when they host SuperSport United, and it is safe to assume that most of the country’s attention will be on that match.

In tonight’s late kick-off there is another heavyweight affair when Orlando Pirates travel to Pitso Mosimane’s Mamelodi Sundowns, who are — like Chiefs — very much in the hunt for a league and cup double.

Tomorrow’s only quarter-

final sees Ernst Middendorp’s Bloemfontein Celtic host Gavin Hunt’s Wits in a clash that is likely to be a tightly contested affair.



3 pm: Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United, African Warriors v Maritzburg United

8.15 pm: Mamelodi Sundowns v Orlando Pirates


3 pm: Bloemfontein Celtic v Wits.

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