The Nedbank Cup round of 16 draw held today has intensified the excitement and suspense as the remaining top flight clubs wearily eye their lower division contenders for the coveted R 7-million top prize.
The Last 16 draw follows the thrills of the first round fixtures which ended last night, a number of top teams were given scares by lower league opposition.
Third-tier Mbombela United were edged 4-3 by Moroka Swallows and National First Division side Witbank Spurs produced the surprise of the round when they defeated top-flight Free State Stars 1-0 in Phuthaditjhaba.
Kaizer Chiefs needed an extra-time goal to advance against Black Leopards, while Orlando Pirates were involved in a six-goal thriller with Thanda Royal Zulu that was eventually won 3-1 on penalties by The Buccaneers.
There were also some big wins though, African Warriors defeated Mainstay United from the Northern Cape 8-3, the most goals seen in a Last 32 match this year, and Bloemfontein Celtic beat University of Stellenbosch 8-0, which was the largest margin of victory.
The Nedbank Cup continues to benefit schools around the country. For the 2014 season, the bank is donating R10 000 per goal scored towards the building of a R1 million multi-purpose sport court for a school as part of the Goals4Goals campaign in partnership with The Sports Trust.
With 55 goals netted in the first round, players and teams are not only increasing their chances of progressing while thrilling the fans; but they are also contributing to sport development.
The top goal scorer in the round of 32, Bloemfontein Celtic’s Musa Nyatama, earns himself
R 10 000 and an additional R 10 000 in soccer kit and training equipment for a school of his choice anywhere in the country. A further R1 million will be used for soccer kit and training equipment to 100 schools across the country as part of the Nedbank sport development programme.
“Once again, the Nedbank Cup is testimony that no matter who or what the opposition is; guts, determination, and being part of the right team can help you achieve the seemingly impossible. As a bank for all; Nedbank will continue to partner and empower communities, current and future stars with the resources and skills they require to make goals happen.” Said Sydney Mbhele; Divisional Executive for Group Marketing at Nedbank.
Nedbank Cup Last 16 Draw:
Kaizer Chiefs vs FC Buffalo
AmaZulu vs Bidvest Wits
Moroka Swallows vs SuperSport United
Bloemfontein Celtic vs Witbank Spurs
Platinum Stars vs Maritzburg United
African Warriors vs Milano United
Golden Arrows vs Mamelodi Sundowns
Santos vs Orlando Pirates