NFD NEDBANK CUP QUALIFICATION WRAP

All three Western Cape sides negotiated their way into the main draw for the Nedbank Cup, while two out four KZN side made it through. Both Limpopo and Mpumalanga sides failed to progress and only one out of the three Gauteng teams made it. The only sides from the Free State and the Eastern Cape advanced too. 22 goals were scored over the two days of qualifiers where home sides dominated, winning six of the 8 matches played.

SUPER EAGLES 3 BLACK LEOPARDS 0

NFD rookies Super Eagles proved that matches in league and cup competitions are different propositions. After losing 1 – 2 to Leopards on 25 November at Goble Park, Eagles trounced the Limpopo side on Tuesday at the same venue to secure their place in the main draw of the Nedbank Cup. A brace from Selepe and goal from Setsumi secured their regulation time win. Leopards will now be able concentrate on their league campaign where they are 9th on the log. The Limpopo side are without a win in 3 outings.

STELLENBOSCH FC 3 MBOMBELA UNITED FC 0

Stellenbosch FC emphatically despatched of Mbombela United on Tuesday to advance to the 1st round draw of the Nedbank Cup. The two teams had met in a goalless draw on Saturday, but this time the home side left nothing to chance with goals from Lark, Monene & Burds made sure of their victory.

JOMO COSMOS 1 UBUNTU CT FC 1 AET (Ubuntu win 3 – 1 on penalties)

It was a hard fought battle between the 2nd from top NFD side against the side 2nd from bottom on the log that went all the way to penalties in Vosloorus on Wednesday. Sibanda scored first from the Cape side with Lebahi converting a penalty that would ultimately send the match into extra time and penalties.

WITBANK SPURS 1 RICHARDS BAY FC 2

Is this the step in the right direction that Richards Bay FC have been searching for all season? Finally an away victory and passage into the Nedbank Cup draw. The KZN also imposed the first loss for the Witbank side in 8 matches and won their first match in ten outings. They also scored goals for the first time since late October. This was the two teams’ first meeting in the Nedbank Cup.

CT ALL STARS 2 TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA 0

All Stars have beaten TTM FC both times they have met this season. In round one in Thohoyandou Stars won 1 – 0 and on Wednesday made it double that scoreline. Goals from Tshabalala and Setelele ensured the victory and a place in Round 1 of the Nedbank Cup, while TTM FC will go back to the drawing board after successive losses.  

MTHATHA BUCKS 2 UTHONGATHI FC 1 AET

Mthatha Bucks got the kickstart that they required to rejuvenate what has been a miserable season so far on Wednesday in a hard fought affair that went to extra time. Nice to see Erasmus on the scoresheet for the first time since late September. The Eastern Cape side had also beaten the ABC Motsepe League champions Uthongathi 2 – 1 in KZN in Round 5 of the NFD campaign. It is the first time that Mthatha Bucks have made it into the first round proper of the Nedbank Cup.

ROYAL EAGLES 3 UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 0

The return of coach Kostadin Papic and a return to winning ways as Royal Eagles trounced Tuks on Wednesday in their first ever Nedbank Cup meeting. Eagles will be happy to avenge the 2 – 1 loss against Tuks in Pretoria in Round 4 of the current NFD season.

HIGHLANDS PARK 2 REAL KINGS 1 AET

The incredible season for NFD logleaders Highlands Park continued on Wednesday when they held their nerve though extra time to hold off a very competitive Real Kings. Mtshali had the visitors in front, but a brace from Ngebo saw the home side through to the Nedbank Cup proper. The Lions of the North are flourishing under coach Owen da Gama and now are unbeaten in 10 outings.