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Wits take Chiefs to Mbombela



BidVest Wits have decided to cash in on their 2013 Nedbank Cup Last 32 clash with Kaizer Chiefs by taking the game to Mbombela Stadium.

It is a turnaround in thinking from the club, who earlier in the season defending their decision to play a Telkom Knockout first round match against the same opposition at the 5 000-seater BidVest Stadium.

They won that game 3-2, a rare highlight for then coach Antonio Habas, with CEO Jose Ferreira saying it was never in their thinking to move the match and give up homeground advantage.

It seems financial considerations have overtaken sporting sensibilities this time round though with the PSL confirming on Monday that the club had chosen to take the match to the 42 000-seater Mbombela on February 23.

SuperSport United have also decided to take their home first round match 'away' as they play against Moroka Swallows on the same day at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, a regular venue for them in cup games.

Of the other high-profile first round games, Ajax Cape Town will host Mamelodi Sundowns at the Cape Town Stadium on February 22, while Orlando Pirates will take on third-tier Maluti FET College at the Charles Mopeli Stadium the following afternoon.

NEDBANK CUP LAST 32 DATES AND VENUES

Friday, February 22

20:00 Mbombela United v Vasco da Gama/Santos - Kanyamazane Stadium
20:00 Ajax Cape Town v Mamelodi Sundowns - Cape Town Stadium

Saturday, February 23

15:00 Maluti FET College v Orlando Pirates - Charles Mopeli Stadium
15:00 United FC/Roses United v Chippa United - Moruleng/Botshabelo Stadium
18:00 SuperSport United v Moroka Swallows - Peter Mokaba Stadium
20:15 Bidvest Wits v Kaizer Chiefs - Mbombela Stadium
20:15 Vardos FC v Golden Arrows - Makhulong Stadium
20:15 University of Pretoria v Maritzburg United - Tuks Stadium

Sunday, February 24

14:00 Island FC v Polokwane City/FC AK - Ulundi Stadium
15:00 Free State Stars v Witbank Spurs/Blackburn Rovers - Goble Park
15:00 Bloem Celtic v Milano United/Thanda Royal Zulu - Free State Stadium
15:00 Dynamos/­ Mpumalanga Black Aces v Platinum Stars - Giyani/ Themba Senamela Stadium
15:00 Magesi FC v Jomo Cosmos/FC Cape Town - Old Peter Mokaba Stadium

Wednesday, February 27

19:30 AmaZulu v Temba Royals FC - King Zwelithini Stadium
19:30 Black Leopards v Cape Town All Stars - Peter Mokaba Stadium
19:30 Sivutsa Stars/African Warriors v Jacksa Spears - Kanyamazane/Charles Mopeli Stadium

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