Ke Yona starts on a bang as fans expect fireworks

2016-03-03 06:00

The excitement is building as the Nedbank Cup last 32 kicked off Wednesday night with three NFD clubs, with Maritzburg United the only representative from the Absa Premiership in action on the day.

The Team of Choice, bottom of the PSL standings, faced Kosta Papic’s Black Leopards at the Harry Gwala Stadium, Leopards currently ninth in the NFD.

Santos played host Mthatha Bucks at the Athlone Stadium in an all-NFD affair.

Moving on to Friday, where three of the four teams in action involve Absa Premiership teams.

There is an all-Absa Premiership encounter in Johannesburg, where title hopefuls Bidvest Wits face a Bloemfontein Celtic side battling for form this year.

In the second game, rookie outfit Steenberg United from the third tier, a team containing ex top flight stars such as Marawaan Bantam and Thembinkosi Fanteni, will be hoping for a giant killing act when they host a Platinum Stars team currently flying high in the Absa Premiership in fifth spot. Both games on Friday start at 20H00.

Saturday’s focus for many will be at the FNB Stadium (15H00), where Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs once more do battle in the country’s most loved and most watched derby encounter.

Ajax Cape Town also play against PSL rivals, the Urban Warriors hoping for a better result than usual against bogey side Free State Stars, who beat the men from the Cape in the league last week.

Lower league sides EC Bees FC and Magesi FC meanwhile will both be eyeing progression to the last 16 when they clash in East London, while Milford FC and Polokwane City Rovers will be daring to dream when they take on Golden Arrows and AmaTuks respectively.

Sunday’s action sees Polokwane City, Chippa United, Mamelodi Sundowns and Black Aces all stepping into the relative unknown against lower league opposition, while third division side Sibanye Golden Stars face on-form NFD club Mbombela United.

Sundowns have a potentially tricky encounter away to a Highlands Park side that has been outstanding in the NFD this season, while Chippa face First Division log leaders Baroka FC, who will be fancying their chances of an upset.

Polokwane City meanwhile will be hopeful of getting the job done when they host African All Stars at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

On Tuesday SuperSport United host Moroka Swallows, while Jomo Cosmos welcome former NFD giants AmaZulu.

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