SUPERSPORT United and AmaZulu will do battle for a place in the 2012 Nedbank Cup final when they meet at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Having done away with Batau FC, United FC and Jomo Cosmos, one could argue that SuperSport have had an easy path to the semifinals. However, all of their matches thus far have been hard-fought affairs and this contest promises to be just as tough.
AmaZulu have taken down Ajax Cape Town, Witbank Spurs and Santos en-route to this stage of the competition and will be itching to get into another Nedbank Cup final and set the record straight, having reached one in 2010 only to be beaten 3-0 by Bidvest Wits.
Head-to-head stats are very much in favour of SuperSport for this clash, both in the overall record and when it comes to cup competitions. The teams have met 39 times across all competitions since 1990, with Matsatsantsa picking up 19 wins compared to 10 for Usuthu.
In cup competitions, AmaZulu have not managed to defeat SuperSport outright from five matches (two United wins, three draws), though they have twice eliminated the Pretoria side on penalties.
Those shootout victories for Usuthu came in the teams’ two most recent cup matches: quarterfinal clashes in the 2009/10 MTN8 and Telkom Knockout. Both matches ended 2-2 after extra time.
United have an excellent home record against AmaZulu, suffering just one loss in 20 matches across all competitions. However, that one home defeat was recorded earlier this year when an Ayanda Dlamini goal handed the Durban side a 1-0 victory in a league clash on February 25.
That signalled the start of a six-game scoreless streak in the league for Gavin Hunt’s side. The fiery coach will be hoping there is no repeat of that this time around.
Kick-off is at 15h00.-www.psl.co.za
Meanwhile Coca Cola and Sports Focus are giving away double tickets to 15 lucky readers to watch the semi final match involving SuperSport United v AmaZulu to be played as follows.
Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
Date:Sunday, May 6
To stand a chance of winning, answer this question: Which club between Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United won the inaugural Nedbank Cup in 2008?
Send your answer and name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners for the Saturday match will be notified via e-mail at 3pm and they must collect their tickets from sill have to collect their tickets for Nakampe Lekwadu at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday between 1 and 2pm.
For more information call Nakampe at 072 562 1847.