The quarterfinal draw to Africa’s most lucrative domestic cup competition took place on Monday, 23 March at the Southgate shopping centre in Johannesburg. Fans from the remaining last eight teams gathered to witness who their teams will be coming up against in what has been a thrilling Nedbank Cup so far.
Both Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates exited in the Last 16, with the latter failing to defend the title, ensuring a new champions will be crowned in 2015.Chiefs were beaten 2-1 by National First Division side Black Leopards, one of three teams from outside the top-flight in the quarterfinals, the most since 2008.Mamelodi Sundowns overcame their bogey side Platinum Stars 3-1 to reach the quarterfinals, along with BidVest Wits, Ajax Cape Town, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Vasco da Gama.
After battling through two rounds of competition, a place in the semi-finals beckons for the teams who can continue to show form and fight as they aim to write their name in history and become the stuff of legends. It has been a rocky road to this point for some, but they will know at this point of the competition they have as good a chance as any to make it all the way to the 2015 Nedbank Cup final on Saturday 16th May.
This year has also seen some fresh young talent unearthed for South African football, among the most exciting of those Natal United goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Zondi, who has won raving reviews. His performances in the Nedbank Cup have seen a number of Premier Soccer League and National First Division clubs sit up and take notice, potentially providing a catapult to a professional contract for the shot stopper. “The Nedbank Cup has always been about empowering current and future soccer stars, as well as our communities. Each year, players’ careers are given a boost and over 100 schools receive soccer kits and training equipment.
This year, ten Nedbank clients per month will win their dreams for the duration of the Nedbank Cup. They simply have to share their ultimate dream by dialling *120*762# and will stand a chance to make things that really matter happen, said Tobie Badenhorst, Portfolio Manager for Nedbank Group Sponsorships.
Entries for the multi-award winning Nedbank Ke Yona team search are also open as aspiring male footballers between the ages of 18 to 25 and in possession of a valid South African ID can simply dial *120*KEYONA# or *120*539662# and follow the easy steps. The chosen Ke Yona Team will once again take on the winner of this year’s Nedbank Cup competition and hope to follow in the footsteps of the likes of last year’s captain, Sydney Masana, who has since signed a contract with Premier Soccer League side Free State Stars.