Only two of the eight NFD sides won in the opening round of the Nedbank Cup with both Cosmos and Mbombela winning against lower league opposition.
FC CAPE TOWN 0 BAROKA 2
Goals from Ravuhali and Matloga made sure that the PSL’s bottom placed side Baroka would continue in South Africa’s top cup competition for at least another round. How much this is likely to contribute to the Limpopo side surviving relegation will be revealed in the weeks to come. The same applies to FC Cape Town who will return to NFD action with 10 rounds remaining. The Cape side are in 13th spot on the NFD log and have not won in the Nedbank Cup in the last seven years.
JOMO COSMOS 3 UNITED ROVERS 0
Former winners and four times runner/up Jomo Cosmos negotiated their way past Northern Cape Castle League side United Rovers comfortably at the Tsakane Stadium on Saturday. A brace from Maluleke and a goal from Junior Sono saw the 5th placed NFD side through to the draw for the round of 16.
STELLENBOSCH UNITED FC 0 KAIZER CHIEFS 3
13 time champions travelled to the Cape and came up trumps against newly named Stellenbosch FC on Saturday to make the draw for the round of 16. The Chiefs goals came from Malongoane, Paez and Tshabalala. Both sides return to league action with both still in the hunt for honors in their respective leagues.
DAYS FC 2 MBOMBELA UNITED FC 5
Mbombela United scored the highest amount of goals in the opening round of the Nedbank when they put 5 past SAB League side Days FC in Kimberley and register their first away win of the season. A brace from Inky Masuku was supported by goals from Khumalo, Patjie and Sithebe. Days FC did get onto the scoreboard with contributions from Mjwacu and Selinga, but it wasn’t enough to upset the NFD side.
CHIPPA UNITED 1 WITBANK SPURS 0
Midtable NFD outfit Witbank Spurs put up a good performance in Port Elizabeth in their meeting with former NFD champions Chippa United, but succumbed to a goal from Chippa’s leading goal poacher Lerato Manzini. It is the 4th time that Chippa have beaten Spurs in all competitions.
ROYAL EAGLES 1 SUPERSPORT UNITED 2
Supersport United were pushed hard by homeside Royal Eagles in defense of their Nedbank Cup title, but persisted with a goal in each half to make it through the draw for the round of 16. An early goal from Mnyamane set the tone for the Pretoria side, but it just appeared to ignite the NFD side into action. Eagles grabbed an equalizer when Dlmini found space and put a crisp shot past Pieterse to leave the sides level at halftime. The battle continued in the second half with Brockie grabbing his 7th goal of the season half an hour into the 2nd half to claim a spot in the next round.
PLATINUM STARS 3 AMAZULU 2
Platinum Stars came from behind to win for the 4th time in a row and see off the challenge of former PSL giants Amazulu. Usuthu scored first through Darpoh for the visitors to lead at halftime. However a penalty by Mzimela and a goal from Ngambi in the space of just two minutes had the home side in front after an hour. Mbatha had the scores level on 63 minutes, but veteran Namibian Botes sealed the deal for the home side with just three minutes remaining.
CT ALL STARS 0 BIDVEST WITS 2
Bidvest Wits signaled their intent of a league and cup double when they beat All Stars on Wednesday. A brace from former Platinum Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder after a goalless first half, saw the Johannesburg based sie through to the round of 16 draw. All Stars have never been past round one in the Nedbank Cup.
REMAINING RESULTS :
SATURDAY 11 MARCH
KwaDukuza 2 Ajax Cape Town 2 KwaDukuza win 4 – 3 Pen
Buya Msuthu 0 Bloemfontein Celtic 2
Free State Stars 2 Highlands Park 0
SUNDAY 12 MARCH
EC Bees 1 Orlando Pirates 3
Acornbush 1 CT City FC 0
Golden Arrows 3 Maritzburg United 1