By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THE Premiership giants, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns failed to avoid each other after they were drawn together in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup last night in Sandton.
As if they do not believe in an old saying that goes “Lightning does not struck twice at the same place” , Pirates’ fans shouted and scream with joy after their club was drawn against the troubled Brazilians who last weekend lost 2-1 to the mighty Buccaneers in the league match.
“Ho tlo jewa batho.” a sotho translation for saying we are going to beat them were the words from Pirates supporters as they shouted on the side where the Sundowns were seated as part of the packed auditorium during the draw of the competition dubbed Ke Yona’s last 32.
Once again, a R6 million winners cheque has been dangled in front of the 32 teams who aim to claim the honour of Nedbank Cup champions as well as secure a spot in the CAF Confederations Cup.
The competition kicks off on March 9 with the final scheduled for May 28.
“The Nedbank Cup has really entrenched itself as one of the premier knockout competitions in the PSL calendar,” explained PSL CEO, Kjetil Siem.
“We’ve had so many great memories since the inception of this competition, from re-opening Soccer City to some of the NFD teams appearing in the final and we look forward to many more,” said Siem.
“I’d also like to see the team that qualifies for the CAF Confederations Cup progress to the latter stages of that competition and do the PSL proud,” added Siem.
In another interesting draw wherein the premiership sides failed to avoid each other, Bloemfontein Celtic were drawn against Platinum Stars with Maritzburg Unitd welcoming Moroka Swallows while SuperSport United and Free State Stars welcome Golden Arrows and Ajax Cape Town respectively.
Defending champions, BidVest Wits were also not so lucky to avoid any of their fellow elite league side as they were pitted against the Cape outfit, Santos.
The rest of the fixtures are: Mpumalanga Black Aces v Hanover Park, United FC v Future Tigers, Amajuba United Killers v Vasco da Gama, Black Leopards v Thanda Royal Zulu, Baroka FC v Mighty Mega Force, Witbank Spurs v Chippa United, Carara Kicks v Cullinan FC, BTX v Blackburn Rovers and Nathi Lions v Kaizer Chiefs.