Sundowns wary of Ke Yona Cup giant slayers

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Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi said his team would be thoroughly tested by the Natal Rich Boyz. Photo: Gallo Images
Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi said his team would be thoroughly tested by the Natal Rich Boyz. Photo: Gallo Images


South Africa’s version of the FA Cup was launched with no fanfare whatsoever this week. The Nedbank Cup draw had little excitement or hype around it on Wednesday.

The lacklustre event could not do much to bring anticipation to this year’s edition. No player, coach or club official attended the event.

Clubs, which socially distanced themselves from the event, reacted to the draw via media channels.

Defending champions Marumo Gallants, who last year won the competition as Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, will take on Santos FC.

The leaders of both PSL divisions will meet when premiership top guns Mamelodi Sundowns host first division front-runners Richards Bay FC.

Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi said his team would be thoroughly tested by the Natal Rich Boyz.

Mngqithi said: 

We are competing with a very competitive team in Richards Bay. They are in a good position in the league. They are giant killers and have done very well in the past against big teams.

“We were a little unfortunate with the draw to get a team that will give us a challenge, but we have confidence in our team to get the job done.”

Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs will take on TS Galaxy. It will be a repeat of the 2018 Ke Yona final in Durban, where the Rockets upset Amakhosi.

The good news for Chiefs fans is that Samir Nurkovic and Lebo Manyama are back in training. The players could be back for the start of the cup competition, which is expected to kick off in late February.

Chiefs assistant coach Arthur Zwane said the players were showing great progress.

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He said:

We’ve had about six days of training. Samir is coming up well and Lebo also looks good.

“From the sessions we have had so far, the boys have responded positively and we are looking forward to the game. We will be in camp for about 12 days so we expect to do a lot during that time.”

Nedbank Cup last 32 fixtures

Tshakhuma FC vs Golden Arrows

Kaizer Chiefs vs TS Galaxy

Sinenkani FC vs Free State Stars

Richards Bay vs Mamelodi Sundowns

Marumo Gallants vs Santos FC

Orlando Pirates vs AmaZulu

Uthongathi vs Summerfield Dynamos

Black Eagles vs Sivutsa FC

FC Professionals vs Mathaithai FC

Royal AM vs Cape Town City

Venda Football Academy vs African All Stars

Maritzburg United vs SuperSport United

AmaTuks vs Chippa United

Platinum City Rovers vs Sekhukhune United

Stellenbosch vs Baroka

Swallows vs TS Sporting

  • The PSL will announce the dates and venues in due course


Gomolemo Motshwane  

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