After SuperSport United and MP Black Aces met on Friday night, the Nedbank Cup moves on to three more quarter-finals this weekend.
Four of the last eight remaining teams are former winners with the highlight of the upcoming round being a clash between the two most recent winners, 2015 champions Mamelodi Sundowns and the 2014 victorious team, Orlando Pirates.
The two sides meet at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday – both heading into the clash on the back of contrasting fortunes and form.
Whilst the Buccaneers have won eight out of their last 10 matches in all competitions, the Absa Premiership leading Brazilians will be hoping to pick themselves out following their disappointing CAF Champions League exit on Wednesday.
Pirates thrashed Lamontville Golden Arrows 4-1 in a league game in Durban last time out, but coach Eric Tinkler believes the trip to Atteridgeville will be a completely different proposition.
“It’s good that the morale and confidence is high now going into that game, but it’s going to be a completely different kettle of fish compared to our last league game,” he said.
“I think we have a bit of an advantage because we didn’t have a midweek game, so we’re looking forward to what is a very important game for us this season.
“It’s an opportunity for us to challenge for something and at least end the season on a positive note.”
Opposite number Pitso Mosimane lead his side to a 2-1 victory over AS Vita Club of Democratic Republic of Congo in midweek, but it was not enough as they bowed out on goal difference.
The Pretoria side are still strong favourites for the league, though, and they will be looking to pick themselves up quickly against Pirates.
“We are watching them, they are scoring goals, it’s brilliant,” he said. “They have a good attack, they are playing well and they have found form.”
On Saturday afternoon the attention will turn to Bethlem where Free State Stars host 2010 champions Bidvest Wits.
“The cup is a dream,” said Ea Lla Koto boss Giovanni Solinas. “It’s not going to be easy to achieve this trophy but we will try our best. We are playing against Bidvest Wits. They are a very good team, a strong team. It’s a tough game for us, but we will try.”
On Sunday it will be the battle of Limpopo with Polokwane City welcoming giant killing Baroka FC to Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
The visitors, who are also National First Division leaders, will be looking to claim a third Absa Premiership scalp having beaten Chippa United and Golden Arrows in the previous two rounds.
The Nedbank Cup quarter-final fixtures:
Saturday, April 23
15:00 – Free State Stars v Bidvest Wits – Goble Park
20:15 – Mamelodi Sundowns v Orlando Pirates – Lucas Moripe Stadium
Sunday, April 24
15:00 – Polokwane City v Baroka FC – Old Peter Mokaba Stadium