The Nedbank Cup last 16 kicks off this Friday night (April 1, 2016), with a further four games set for Saturday, two on Sunday, and one next week Tuesday.
Friday, April 01, 2016
20:00 – Magesi FC v Bidvest Wits – Old Peter Mokaba Stadium
Magesi are the only team from the lower divisions still left in the competition, and find themselves up against the club currently lying second on the top flight standings, Gavin Hunt’s Bidvest Wits. Limpopo Second Division outfit Magesi booked their place in the last 16 with a 2-1 away win over fellow Second Division side, EC Bees FC. The Students meanwhile were 1-0 victors over Bloemfontein Celtic in Johannesburg in the previous round. The Students have won the competition once – back in 2010 when they beat AmaZulu 3-0.
Saturday, April 02, 2016
15:00 – Platinum Stars v Polokwane City – Royal Bafokeng Stadium
Platinum Stars face fellow PSL side Polokwane City, having only just managed to edge out plucky Cape Second Division outfit Steenberg United via a penalty shoot-out in the round of 32. Polokwane City were meanwhile relatively comfortable 2-0 winners over African All Stars in the previous round.
15:00 – Black Aces v Maritzburg Utd – Kanyamazane Stadium
The two sides have already met twice in the Nedbank Cup in recent years, with a win each. Aces have triumphed in each of the last three games the sides have played – two league matches and one Cup game. Aces thrashed United Rovers 7-0 in the round of 32, Maritzburg defeated Black Leopards 3-1.
20:15 – Mamelodi Sundowns v Mbombela United – Lucas Moripe Stadium
Sundowns play an NFD club for the second game running, the Brazilians having needed extra time to beat Highlands Park 1-0 in the last 32. They now square up to an Mbombela team occupying sixth position in their first season in the NFD, the Mpumalanga men having booked their spot in the last 16 with an emphatic 4-0 win away at Sibanye Golden Stars.
20:15 – Santos v Free State Stars – Athlone Stadium
The Peoples’ Team, winners of the competition in 2001 and 2003, edged out fellow NFD side Mthatha Bucks 1-0 in the previous round after beating Witbank Spurs in the qualifiers, and will now be eyeing an upset over a Free State Stars team that beat Ajax Cape Town 2-1 in the last 32.
Sunday, April 03, 2016
15:00 – Jomo Cosmos v Orlando Pirates – Olen Park Stadium
These two old foes have met twice already in the league this season – Cosmos edging the first match 1-0, before being thrashed 5-0 in the return game, which took place just two weeks ago. Pirates, Nedbank Cup winners in 2014 and 2011, beat Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 in the last 32, while Ezenkosi edged out AmaZulu on a penalty shoot-out.
15:00 – Golden Arrows v Baroka FC – Chatsworth Stadium
Just one of four lower tier sides still in the competition, Baroka FC are the current NFD log leaders and will be positive about their chances against an Arrows side they faced in the First Division last season. Currently lying 11th in the league, Abafana bes’Thende could only manage a 2-1 home win over Milford FC in the previous round, while Baroka shocked PSL side Chippa United 3-2 in their last 32 encounter in PE.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
19:30 – SuperSport United v University of Pretoria – Lucas Moripe Stadium
An all PSL, Tshwane derby awaits Pretoria next Tuesday evening. AmaTuks are currently lying in the relegation zone in the league, but may welcome the respite of the Nedbank Cup, a competition in which they went all the way to the final in 2009. 2012 Nedbank Cup winners SuperSport United have recorded two 2-0 league wins over Tuks this season. AmaTuks beat Polokwane City Rovers 5-0 in the last 32, SuperSport edged out Moroka Swallows 1-0.