Last-32 starts March

2016-02-17 06:00

THE Premier Soccer League (PSL) has confirmed the dates, venues and kick-off times for the last-32 of the Nedbank Cup.

The last-32 stage will start in the first week of March. The eight clubs from the South African Football Association (Safa) structures (seven from ABC Motsepe and one from SAB League) will be eager to make an impression when they face some of the anticipated opponents in this year’s edition of the Cup of Dreams.

The PSL also confirmed ticket prices for this year’s edition. Except for one fixture, tickets for the last round of 32 fixtures, it will be R40 for adults and R10 for children under the age of 12. For the Soweto Derby fixture featuring Orlando Pirates against Kaizer Chiefs, tickets will go for between R100 (level 1 and 2) and R80 (level 3).

The opening fixture (2 March) will see Nedbank Cup debutants Mthatha Bucks travel to Cape Town to play Santos at Athlone Stadium, while Maritzburg United will host Black Leopards at the Harry Gwala Stadium. Both fixtures will kick off at 19:30.

There will be two fixtures on Friday night, 4 March in Johannesburg. Bidvest Wits will be at home against Bloemfontein Celtic. In Cape Town, another Nedbank Cup debutant, Steenberg United, will host Platinum Stars.

On Saturday, 5 March, the country will be divided when the Soweto giants Pirates and Chiefs clash at the Calabash, FNB Stadium. In Durban, Milford United will make the short trip to play Premiership side Golden Arrows at the Chatsworth Stadium in a KwaZulu-Natal derby. On the same day, Bisho-based outfit EC Bees will be at home against Magesi at the Buffalo City Stadium. Kick-off at 15:00.

In the evening, Ajax Cape Town will face another Premier Division side, Free State Stars, at 18:00. Just over two hours later, University of Pretoria will be at home against another side hungry to make a strong first impression, Polokwane City Rovers. On Sunday 6 March, defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns will play neighbours Highlands Park (venue to be confirmed). In Kimberly, United Rovers will clash with Mpumalanga Black Aces at the GWK Stadium – the same venue where Sundowns scored 24 goals a few seasons ago against Powerlines FC. Polokwane City will be at the Peter Mokaba Stadium against Gauteng-based club African All Stars.

On the same day, Sibanye Golden Stars will play NFD side Mbombela United at the Griffons Stadium in Welkom. In East London, Chippa United will play NFD leaders Baroka FC. Kick-off at 15:00.

The last day of the Nedbank Cup last-32 will be on Tuesday, 8 March. Jomo Cosmos play AmaXulu at Olën Park, while the Dube Birds, Moroka Swallows, will be at home against SuperSport United at Dobsonville Stadium. Kick off is at 19:30.

– KickOff.com

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