Stage set for quarter-finals

2016-04-13 06:00
AT the recent Nedbank quarter-final draw are from the left Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Jabulani Maluleke (Polokwane City), Themba Tshabalala (Free State Stars), Collins Mbesuma (MP Black Aces), Phumlani Hlatswayo (Bidvest Wits), Ulaleng Shaku (Baroka FC), Happy Jele (Orlando Pirates) and Ramahle Mphahlele (Mamelodi Sundowns).   Photo: Supplied

AT the recent Nedbank quarter-final draw are from the left Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Jabulani Maluleke (Polokwane City), Themba Tshabalala (Free State Stars), Collins Mbesuma (MP Black Aces), Phumlani Hlatswayo (Bidvest Wits), Ulaleng Shaku (Baroka FC), Happy Jele (Orlando Pirates) and Ramahle Mphahlele (Mamelodi Sundowns). Photo: Supplied

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JOHANNESBURG. – The remaining eight clubs in the 2016 Nedbank Cup were pitted against one another during the quarter-final draw held after scintillating matches which had all the makings of another spectacular season so far.

The final eight sides are now just three wins away from claiming one of the biggest knockout prizes in South African domestic football and a chance to represent the country in the African club competition.

National First Division (NFD) side Baroka FC has continued its giant-killing acts, with victories over Premier Division sides Chippa United and Lamontville Golden Arrows.

It is the last remaining side from outside the Premier Division in this year’s tournament, with coach Kgoloko Thobejani confidently promising his team will lift the trophy come the final on 28 May.

Baroka is joined in the quarter-finals by some of the heavyweights of the local game, such as eight-time winners Orlando Pirates, who booked a place in the last eight with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Jomo Cosmos, while Mamelodi Sundowns ousted NFD side Mbombela United by the same scoreline.

Bidvest Wits were too strong for third-tier Magesi FC, enjoying a 6-0 success in Polokwane, with Daine Klate grabbing four goals to shoot to the top of the Nedbank Cup scorers chart for 2016.

Polokwane City pulled off something of a surprise with an extra-time victory away at Platinum Stars, while Mpumalanga Black Aces, Free State Stars and SuperSport United will also appear in the quarter-finals.

“As a bank for all, which is highly involved in the communities we serve, we are delighted to provide players and teams with the opportunity to make the things that really matter happen by enabling them to pursue their dream of lifting the coveted trophy,” said Tobie Badenhorst, head of sponsorships and marketing at Nedbank.

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