Bethlehem-based football team Super Eagles have secured a slot in the 2018 Nedbank Cup last-32 group stage. This is after recording a 1 – 0 win against gutsy Lazio FC from Botshabelo in a fixture played at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo on Sunday (04/11). The victory means Eagles, campaigning in the ABC Motsepe League, is the team from the lower division to represent the Free State in this prestigious tournament. Last year, Eagles managed to secure a slot in the last-32 group of the competition. However, they failed to progress further in the championship, as they were knocked out 1 – 2 by premiership side Free State Stars. Ea Lla Koto went on to win the tournament after beating Maritzburg United in a final played at the Cape Town Stadium.Lazio, campaigning in the SAB League, can hope to do better in 2019. This was the second time that Lazio had reached this stage of the tournament, having done so in 2017. The Botshabelo side was last year eliminated by Bloemfontein Young Tigers, who became the team from the lower rank to represent the Free State in the last-32 group stage of the competition.For their effort Lazio will get R21 000 in total: R15 000 as overall winner of the SAB League in the Free State, plus R6 000 as winner in the Mangaung Region. Lazio’s elimination saw them missing out on an opportunity to make history, by becoming the second club in the SAB League to qualify for the last-32 group of the important tournament. Days FC from Odendaalsrus became the first-ever team campaigning in the SAB League in the Free State to reach the last-32 group stage of the Nedbank Cup in 2016. However, Days had their dream to go further in the championship crushed by the National First Division side Mbombela United.