Big guns have plenty to ponder after tricky Nedbank Cup draw

13 December 2018 - 21:31 By Tiisetso Malepa
Who will get to copy this celebration from Free State Stars' Paulus Masehe after his team's Nedbank Cup win in May 2018?
Who will get to copy this celebration from Free State Stars' Paulus Masehe after his team's Nedbank Cup win in May 2018?
Image: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

The Nedbank Cup last 32 stage draw served up some intriguing match-ups after the tournament was launched in Sandton on Thursday night.

Orlando Pirates will have to travel Black Leopards, while unpredictable Chippa United will welcome Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Holders Free State Stars‚ who beat Maritzburg United in the final in May‚ will begin their title defence at home against KZN-based National First Division outfit Richards Bay FC. Last year's finalist Maritzburg are away at fellow NFD side Witbank Spurs.

Record winners Kaizer Chiefs will start away at amateur side Tornado FC.

“One of the reasons we love football is because it enables young people from all walks of life – be it from the most rural and poverty stricken areas – to dream big‚" PSL acting chief executive Mato Madlala said.

"The Nedbank Cup has been a practical vehicle for those dreams to come through. We have seen this with many clubs including Baroka FC who first made a name for themselves in this competition.

"Now they are a household name. We have more appetite of these stories because we truly believe in the power of football to change lives.

"Together with Nedbank‚ we look forward to what 2019 has in store for us. May all the clubs and players‚ mainly from those amateur structures‚ grab this opportunity and make use of it‚” she added.

The last 32 fixtures will be played from January 23-29‚ with the PSL to announce exact dates‚ venues and kick-off times in due course.

Full draw:

Cape Town City vs SuperSport United

Umvoti vs TS Galaxy

Bidvest Wits vs Boyne Tigers FC

Chippa United vs Mamelodi Sundowns

AmaZulu vs Higlands Park

Tjakastad Junior Shepherds vs Golden Arrows

Baroka vs Jomo Cosmos

Maccabi vs The Magic

Witbank Spurs vs Maritzburg United

Free State Stars vs Richards Bay FC

Super Eagles vs Bloemfontein Celtic

Polokwane City vs Tshakhuma FC

Black Leopards vs Orlando Pirates

Cape Umoya United vs TUT

Mbombela United vs NC Professionals

Tornado FC v Kaizer Chiefs

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