Bucs closer to Chiefs record

2017-05-25 06:01

Orlando Pirates’ progression to this year’s Nedbank Cup final has taken them one step closer to matching Kaizer Chiefs’ record of the most cup final appearances in the competition.

Pirates will contest their 17th final in what is South Africa’s version of the FA Cup when they square off against defending champions SuperSport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium on June 24.

Chiefs, meanwhile, have played in 18 finals in the tournament.

Since the establishment of this knockout competition back in 1971 when it was known as the Life Challenge Cup, the two Soweto giants have lifted this trophy a combined 21 times.

After labouring to victory over Golden Arrows in the Ke Yona semi-finals on Sunday, Pirates will now be hoping to ease their woeful Absa Premiership campaign by winning this trophy for the ninth time.

The Bucs are also into their third final in four years in this competition, having most recently been losing finalists against SuperSport last year.

Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret, though, remains unbeaten in knockout football in South Africa since arriving in Orlando earlier this year.

He will close off his first season in domestic football with three consecutive trips to Durban.

Having already played Arrows in the coastal city at the weekend, the Bucs will return to play the same opponents on May 27 in the final league match of the season, before another trip to the same city for the Nedbank Cup final.

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