NFD NEDBANK CUP ROUND of 16 - PREVIEW

AMAZULU FC vs UBUNTU CT FC

Ubuntu CT FC hope to upset another PSL side in the Nedbank Cup round of 16 after having bundled Polokwane City out of the Cup in round 1. The Cape side meet Amazulu FC on Friday night in Durban and go into the match on improving form having won their last two matches and risen 12th on the log. Amazulu at the same have only won 3 times in 9 outings in 2018, scoring only 5 goals in that time. Usuthu beat another NFD outfit Mthatha Bucks on penalties after extra time was tied at 2 – 2 in Round 1. The two teams have met twice in the NFD when Ubuntu was still known as FC Cape Town. The Cape side won 3 and lost 1 of those contests. Neither club have won the Nedbank Cup in its various forms since 1971, but Amazulu have been beaten finalists no less than 6 times. The last of which was in 2010 when they lost 0 – 3 to Bidvest Wits. This will be the first Cup meeting between the two sides. Last year FC Cape Town lost to Baroka in round 1, while Amazulu lost 2 – 3 to Platinum Stars.

KAIZER CHIEFS vs STELLENBOSCH FC

The biggest cup winning side stands between Stellenbosch FC and the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup in 2018. The two sides met in Round 1 last year with Chiefs wining 3 – 0. The sides met in the PSL back in the 2010/11 season, when Stellenbosch FC were known as Vasco da Gama. Vasco beat Chiefs 3 – 2 in Johannesburg and drew 0 – 0 in Cape Town. But while Chiefs finished third that season, Vasco ended second last and lost in the Promotional Playoffs to get relegated back to the NFD. 

Kaizer Chiefs have won this competition 13 times in the 45 years of its existence with their last win coming in 2013 when they beat Supersport United 1 – 0.

ROYAL EAGLES vs MARITZBURG UNITED

A KZN derby to whet the appetite on Sunday. Maritzburg United are enjoying a great season under Fadlu Davids where they lie 4th on the log with 7 matches to play. Eagles by contrast have not had a good season, but might well have turned the corner with two wins and a draw in their last three outings. Roger Sikhakane once again appears to have the recipe to pull a club onto the right track. Although Eagles are sitting in 11th position on the NFD log, they are still only 3 points clear of the relegation zone with some work to do in order to maintain their NFD status.

BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC vs RICHARDS BAY FC

1985 is a long time ago, but it was in that year that Celtic won the Nedbank Cup (Mainstay Cup in those days) for their once and only time. These two teams have met 6 times between 2006/07 and 2008/09 seasons when Richards Bay were in the PSL. In 2006/07 the KZN club were known as Benoni Premier United. They beat Celtic 1 – 0 at home with Bernard Parker scoring. Celtic won the return leg with a goal from Lebogang Kukame. The following season, Benoni Premier United was bought by a Swedish consortium, moved to Richards Bay and called Thanda Royal Zulu.  The sides drew 1 – 1 in Bloemfontein, but Celtic hammered Thanda 3 – 0 in the return leg. 2008/09 saw both sides battling to survive relegation with Celtic ending 14th and Thanda 15th. Thanda lost in the Playoff final to Aces and were relegated to the NFD. During that season Celtic lost 2 – 1 in Richards Bay but made amends by smashing the KZN side 6 – 1 in Bloemfontein.  This will be the first Cup meeting between the two sides.

OTHER FIXTURES IN THE ROUND of 16 OF THE NEDBANK CUP ARE:

CT City vs Orlando Pirates

Free State Stars vs Chippa United

Mamelodi Sundowns vs EC Bees

Baroka FC vs Steenberg United