For the fifth time this season, Orlando Pirates will square off with bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs, this time around in the Nedbank Cup last 32 round of games on Saturday afternoon in the 15:00 kickoff. This is the last tournament of the season, presenting both teams with the last chance to taste silverware with both teams off pace with Absa Premiership log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns. With both clubs failing to live up to expectations this season, both coaches will look at the trophy as a source of redemption for their respective fans. Failure to deliver the trophy having won the derby will surely add to fueling speculation of whether either coach will get the chop or not at the end of the season.
The Soweto Giants’ fans have both saw their troopers come close to lifting silverware this season, with the Buccaneers suffering defeat at the hands of Etoile du Sahel in the CAF Confederations Cup final and Amakhosi reaching the previous two domestic cup finals in the MTN 8 and the Telkom Knockout Cup which they both lost. The Sea Robbers head to the derby with back to back wins in the premier league which ogres well for the teams confidence levels and attacking approach to the game. The Phefeni Boys saw their chances of realistically competing for the league dwindle midweek when they drew against Polokwane City. With both teams seeking qualification to the next round, we can expect fluid and attacking football. Maybe even a goal or two.
The two teams from Soweto are part of a select group of six teams from the premier league that face one another in the first round of the tournament. Bidvest Wits play host to Bloemfontein Celtics this evening and Ajax Cape Town entertain Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium tomorrow.
Here’s a full list of the last 32 fixture of teams that haven’t played below