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Football | Nedbank Cup

SuperSport, Bucs separated in Cup draw



Defending champions SuperSport United were drawn against Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup semifinals draw on Thursday evening.

Last year’s runners-up Orlando Pirates will travel to Golden Arrows in the other semifinal.

The semifinals clashes were initially schedule to take place on the weekend of 13 May.

The PSL revealed Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium as the venue for this year’s June 24 final. The match will have an evening kick-off 8:15pm.

The venue last hosted the Nedbank Cup final in 2014, when Pirates defeated Bidvest Wits 3-1.

SuperSport are currently in the Caf Confederation Cup, which they qualified for from winning the last year’s edition of the Nedbank Cup. Stuart Baxter’s men have progressed to the group stages of the African showpiece and await the draw.

Matsatsantsha have dispatched Royal Eagles, KwaDukuza United and Kaizer Chiefs on their way to the semifinals.

“Chippa got all home games and we got all away games, but it’s part of the journey. It’s part of our way to the final and it’s important for us to remain focused.

“We playing at a good stadium, a good team, so we looking forward to playing this one,” SuperSport's defender Clayton Daniels told presenter Carol Tshabalala after the draw at SuperSport studios.

Daniels added that he didn’t have any preferences coming into the semifinals draw; “I was just hoping we don’t travel a lot, looking at our schedule. But we are away, another semifinal, another time for us to prove that we are the champions.

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Chippa, on the other hand, reached the semifinals after defeating Witbank Spurs, Polokwane City and Jomo Cosmos.

The Chilli Boys, who have played all their matches at home, will now fancy their chances to reach their first-ever final when they host the title holders.

“The one thing we should be happy about is that we are playing at home. We played our (Nedbank Cup) matches at home. The only time we want to play away is when we go to Durban to lift the cup,” said Chippa’s veteran striker Katlego Mashego.

“Everything fell for us, we got the best draw and played two NFD teams. But at this stage of the competition you can’t really choose who you want to play, you got to be ready to play anyone.

“Now we have to focus on SuperSport and then we will see what happens. But we definitely want to play in the final,” concluded the former SuperSport’s goal poacher.

'MEANS A LOT'

Pirates, who are trying to redeem their season with a silverware, will visit Arrows twice next month as they meet in a league clash earlier.

The Buccaneers cruised past minnows Bees FC, Free State Stars and Blomfontein Celtic, scoring an impressive nine goals while conceding only three.

“For me, I just wanted Chippa. They are the kind of players that like to play tiki-taka, it’s kind of interesting and challenging. But we got Arrows and playing away, but for us it’s also a good team. We looking forward to the semifinal and we'll see how things go from there," commented Pirates' full-back Ayanda Gcaba.

“The Nedbank Cup means a lot for us, we’ve been struggling a bit. But then, we just have to work hard and focus on how things go on the day.”

Arrows claimed victories over rivals Maritzburg United, African champions Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars.

The KZN-side's veteran defender Lehlohonolo Nonyane was pleased by the draw and is also excited that the final will be played in Durban.

“I think it was a fair draw and I’m really happy that we are playing a home game. I think we will do well against Pirates. We want to go to the final. As you can see it favours us, the final will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.”

“I believe we can go on beat Pirates and reach the final.

“I’m hoping to meet Chippa in the final as we all know that Nedbank is a cup for miracles, where small teams beat big teams. So I believe facing Chippa will be cherry on top,” concluded the former Mpumalanga Black Aces' wing-back.



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