Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City are among the teams in action this weekend as the Nedbank Cup action continues.
Orlando Pirates vs Uthongathi – Saturday at 3pm
Twice winners since Nedbank took over the naming rights, the Buccaneers have not had it their own way in the last two editions. Now they face a first division side in a bid to avoid three knockouts at the last 32 stage.
Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has one trophy to his name and will be after another. It starts here as he looks to get his side into a more consistent run of form. Expect Pirates to bounce back from their Arrows shock.
Cape Town City FC vs Bloemfontein Celtic – Saturday 5pm
A tough one on paper – Celtic lost in the final last year – but City boss Jan Olde Riekerink is ready for the challenge. In particular, shoring up the defence.
“Celtic have a good team with lots of dynamics so we have to be well-prepared. We’ll be playing in Cape Town and that will be the biggest benefit for us,” he said.
“We have learnt to strike a perfect balance between attack and defence so that will make it harder for teams to score against us.”
Nigerian midfielder Abdul Ajagun has joined City but is unlikely to start.
Golden Arrows vs Amazulu – Saturday at 5pm
The neutrals are salivating at the thought of watching the team that defeated Pirates host Benni McCarthy’s men; a side that beat Celtic 4-3 in league action.
Arrows have two wins and two defeats from their last four matches against Usuthu and that trend could continue as Amazulu should battle to keep their focus on both league and cup priorities.
Chippa United vs Free State Stars – Sunday at 3pm
Back in 2018, Free State Stars edged Chippa United 2-1 in their Nedbank Cup last-16 matchup at Goble Park. A lot has changed since then … not only in the Chippa dugout but also for Stars, who are now out of the topflight.
The visitors are currently ninth in the first division and would do well to put their eggs in the basket of trying to climb that table. Conversely, Chippa are struggling and have turned once more to Dan Malesela, who oversaw his side’s 2-0 loss to defending champions Sundowns.
“A bad day at the office” is how he described it and a cup win over a team in the lower league would go a long way to helping boost morale at the Chilli Boys.
Suggested bet: Orlando Pirates, Cape Town City, Arrows and Chippa United all to win at 11.50